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.

Paul Alexander February 10, 2013 at 05:05 PM
Jim Sullivan/Sully/McMurphy/El Rushbo/WiseGuy/Seamus…or whatever name you are posting under today Jim Sullivan… Dont be so quick to delete you own posts Jim Sullivan. they are GEMS! Stay classy Jim! McMurphy also commented on Malloy: Snow Cleanup Will Take a 'Number of Days'. "Penis Envy............... Michael Clinton A new Gallup poll ranks Florida as one of the worst states to live in. Florida came in as the sixth-worst state to live in over the next five years. The survey was based on 13 factors including work environment, economy, obesity, job prospects and safe places to exercise. The results were based on answers from more than 530,000 interviews from Jan. 2, 2011, through June 30 of this year. The Sunshine State trailed behind West Virginia (No. 1), Mississippi (No. 2), Kentucky (No. 3), Nevada (No. 4) and Arkansas (No. 5). Utah was ranked the best state to live in."
Sandra February 10, 2013 at 05:09 PM
Paul what states are "thriving" under similar circumstances? I thought we elected smart people to find solutions. I have to do their job too? The truth is the politician today knows that in order to keep their cushy job they need to continue giving out freebies to the growing population of poor folks. Without the poor what use would we have for these politicians? Personal responsibility is like the plague.
Paul Alexander February 10, 2013 at 05:10 PM
If the good people of Connecticut were allowed to KEEP more of their hard earned wages then perhaps they’d have more money in their pocket with which to hire a private sector snow plow rather than waiting on a government snow plow.
sebastian dangerfield February 10, 2013 at 05:10 PM
trixy 1-ill do it for 200--tell me your address, and i'll head over. 2- you earlier said you had a 13 year old--I wonder why you want other young people to work, but are teaching your kid, work is for other young people. but his loss, is my gain--let me know where i can earn some cash.
Veritas vos liberabit February 10, 2013 at 05:20 PM
Skipper, forget about retiring on Taunton lake, get yourself a double wide in Mississippi or Arkansas, you'll be much happier. ps: you're a huge poll follower (Rasmussen has Romney up by 3 points), are you dismissing this gallup poll of 530,000 interviews?
Paul Alexander February 10, 2013 at 05:23 PM
But Jim...I have to be a resident to run for First Selectman ;)
Paul Alexander February 10, 2013 at 06:08 PM
...and I'm bringing a bunch of "Red Staters" with me. We will "infect" Connecticut back to sanity. :)
Stephen S. February 10, 2013 at 07:32 PM
I never realized that the two would be related, since the state pay does not pay for food stamps or social security. Thank you for your cogent and well-considered analysis of the relationship between the state's current fiscal situation and the difficulty in moving millions of tons of snow from the state's roadways. I assume you are a trained economist?
freddy dapp February 10, 2013 at 07:40 PM
Today I thank god for my house my food my electricity if your so pissed at city and state shut up put on your boots walk outside around your block and ask where do you put all this snow if they did plow you would have had a 8 foot wall of snow on top off your cars yes stratford is screwed to much snow stay inside let them do there jobs stupid people on thompson street just take there snow and put it right back in the road for that I say thanks a lot still stuck in the east side
gail jarvis February 10, 2013 at 08:03 PM
kristina. You mentioned in an earlier post that "Trumbull sucks at everything" Now you hate the state. Hey girlfriend---you can move--and take your garbage mouth with ya'
Linda Dishman February 11, 2013 at 03:15 AM
McMurphy, I'm from the south...looks to me like I left one redneck haven for another.
joe_m February 11, 2013 at 06:27 PM
Instead of giving "non-essential" state workers the day off, give them a shovel and put them to work in the towns where they live. I'm sure they got paid for the day. Add welfare recipients and un-employed to the "work gang" and we could have this state clean in no time.
TARA SANTONE February 11, 2013 at 07:03 PM
Enough Already February 11, 2013 at 07:19 PM
Woah, caps alert! The plows *were* on the job friday night and all day Saturday. My friend plowed well over 24 hours straight with no sleep. The snow was so bad on Friday night that there was zero visibility and many plows were stuck due to the horrible conditions. Maybe you should check your facts before getting all emotional.
Southbury Resident February 11, 2013 at 07:19 PM
Because nurses and Doctors dont drive 40,000 lb truck that can kill 100's of people.
Walt February 11, 2013 at 07:22 PM
What a bunch of wimps
TARA SANTONE February 11, 2013 at 07:22 PM
my mother is sick people... ok southbury..this is stratford and bridgport.... and maybe you heard plows but i have not heard one plow.. Im just speaking the facts.
TARA SANTONE February 11, 2013 at 07:24 PM
These are the facts where in my neighborhood and surrounding areas
TARA SANTONE February 11, 2013 at 07:27 PM
sorry you took the caps personal..i didnt even notice.. lololol
TARA SANTONE February 11, 2013 at 07:28 PM
not for nothing I go to school in new york..graduating in May so I can better myself. It would be nice if i can attend class to take my exams this week, pretty important. Everyone has different situations going on with the elder, the sick, the pregnant, so maybe before judging others because of the lack of help you should think about that.
Enough Already February 11, 2013 at 07:30 PM
Do you realize how hard it is to plow this much snow? My husband has been out plowing and says it takes 2-4 hours to plow just one half mile. So just because you haven't seen them, doesn't mean they aren't out. And they *did* start on Friday night.
TARA SANTONE February 11, 2013 at 07:33 PM
good for him, at least his making money. Everyone in this surrounding neighborhood can vouch for me that no one has seen a plow, sorry love.
Michael Nelson February 11, 2013 at 07:35 PM
Thank God - one less complainer. See ya!
Michael Nelson February 11, 2013 at 07:37 PM
Wait, does this town have a responsibility to shovel people out of their homes, too? What about nursing mothers? People with handicaps? Does paranoia count? And how does shoveling someone out of their home save the roof from collapsing? I think you should consider spending the rest of your days in a more socialized nation where you take care of your neighbor as your neighbor takes care of you. Have fun shoveling THEM out, though.
Michael Nelson February 11, 2013 at 07:39 PM
I notice this reply went without a response. I'll bet she's napping - complaining takes a lot out of a person, including the people who have to deal with 'em.
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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