Malloy: Snow Cleanup Will Take a 'Number of Days'

Gov. Malloy briefs Connecticut residents on the impact of the historic blizzard, which is being blamed for at least one death, and gives an update on the latest restoration efforts.

Historic snowfall amounts and prevailing blizzard conditions that have left the state at a virtual standstill served as the backdrop for Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's briefing this morning.

The governor urged residents to stay home so that state and local public works crews can begin clearing roads. And he asked folks to be patient as the cleanup is expected to take some time.

“This is going to go on for a number of days,” Malloy said.

The priority right now, he said, is clearing roads in southeastern Connecticut, where approximately 39,000 households are without power. Those are primarily CL&P customers, Malloy said.

The utility, the state's largest, is amassing crews so that restoration efforts can begin once roads are clear and winds, which are still gusting upwards of 50 miles per hour, subside.

Cars stranded on state and local roads are expected to prolong the cleanup effort, Malloy said. He will update residents on progress at 6 p.m.

In the meantime, he offered a few safety tips:

  • Make sure vents to household appliances like dryers are not blocked by snow. If blocked, carbon monoxide could build up inside and prove deadly.
  • Generators should be properly ventilated to the outdoors.
  • If you live near a fire hydrant, dig it out so firemen can access in the event of an emergency.

Responding to Emergencies

With many roads impassable, Malloy said that he is working with municipalities to make sure they have the necessary vehicles to respond to emergency calls. Many vehicles like ambulances cannot travel through two feet of snow, so four-wheel drive vehicles are in operation.

Municipalities also have open lines of communication between public works and emergency responders so that they can make sure their routes are clear.

Elderly Woman Killed, Temperatures Dropping

Malloy said the blizzard has claimed the life of at least one resident. The woman, an 80 or 81-year-old Prospect resident, was reportedly hit by a vehicle while snow blowing her driveway last night. The vehicle that struck her did not stop, he said.

With temperatures expected to dip tonight, and some without power, the governor said he is working with municipalities to open shelters where necessary, and provide transportation to those who may need it, especially the elderly.

To find out if a shelter is open in your town, call 2-1-1.

TARA SANTONE February 11, 2013 at 07:41 PM
i dont blame you... ohhh your so clever michael Nelson.lol
TARA SANTONE February 11, 2013 at 07:46 PM
Southbury Resident February 11, 2013 at 08:07 PM
I cleaned my driveway and it took me 2 days. This snow is like concrete and I swear I had never seen nothing like it. My road was plowed on the day of snow because I live next to highway so everyplow that passes by will plow the road. However, that also means my driveway was under a mountain of snow from snow plows. Last night plow guy cam in to my neighbor and he only had to do short run because I cleaned snow bank from the road. Normally it would take him 30 minutes max to clean it. Yesterday took him over 3 hours. That shows you scale of this disaster. I mean I understand all the frustration but it is what it is and I can not wait for Spring and Global Warming. Seriously I am done with the snow bring up shorts.
Donald Borsch Jr. February 11, 2013 at 08:39 PM
3 1/2 hours with snowblower and shovel. Being raised in Michigan, even for me this was one for the history books. The main roads were completely drivable on Saturday, late afternoon, but the smaller side roads were...sketchy...at best. Now with this rain today (Monday) it is melting nicely.
Ali Abdulah February 11, 2013 at 10:30 PM
Has Newtown Post Office suspended mail delivery? No mail since last Thursday. "Neither Rain, Nor Sleet, Nor gloom of night" ??????????????????


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