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Volunteers clear sidewalks in Milford

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© A deck in Milford during Blizzard Charlotte. © A deck in Milford during Blizzard Charlotte.
MILFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Milford city officials took a page out of Waterbury's book and asked for help from its residents to finish the cleanup after Blizzard Charlotte.

The city put out a notice asking for any men and women who want to volunteer their time on Friday morning to help clear sidewalks to make them safe for children walking to school. 

"As Milford digs out from this unprecedented, record-setting blizzard, and as public works continues to clear snow from our roadways and public areas, volunteers can help the community by lending a hand in those neighborhoods where help is needed to shovel sidewalks," said Milford Mayor Benjamin G. Blake in a statement Thursday.

In Waterbury, Mayor Neil O'Leary recruited local teens and adults through social media to help shovel out the city's schools on Tuesday. And hundreds, including more than 300 teenagers called the "youth brigade," showed up to assist with the cleanup effort.

In Milford, police sent an alert to residents and business owners to clear their sidewalks, but some places, such as vacant buildings, are not being shoveled.

A Milford man died Tuesday after being hit by a snowplow truck Monday morning while crossing Bridgeport Avenue with his relatives.

"Yesterday, I had to walk in the street because the sidewalks weren't done," one child told Eyewitness News.

The plan now is to reopen schools on Tuesday during what was supposed to be winter break. Monday is a holiday so they will stay closed that day. To make up some of the days missed, students will have school two days during April vacation.

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