Governor announces declaration of emergency granted

Connecticut has received the presidential emergency declaration, the governor’s office announced.

Additionally, the governor in a prepared statement is asking for cooperation and patience from residents during the clean-up.

“This declaration will provide much
needed assistance to the state and our towns and cities as we continue to
recover from this historic winter storm,” said Governor Malloy.  “While the ban
on travel has been lifted, we are continuing to urge residents to stay off the
roads, if at all possible.  This is particularly true for tractor trailers.
Every time someone gets stuck, it is preventing plows from doing their jobs.”

This emergency declaration provides for direct federal assistance,
including possible snow removal equipment and personnel, power generation, and
other commodities.  The declaration also provides federal disaster funding for
75 percent of the cost of emergency protective measures incurred by
municipalities, state agencies, and eligible non profits for a 48 hour period.

Governor Malloy also stressed the following:

– Due to road
conditions and limited parking availability, residents should begin making plans
to carpool to work Monday morning, particularly with state employees.

Clean snow off the roofs of buildings, especially if they are flat tops.  Also,
make sure drainage areas are clear.  With precipitation predicted for Monday,
this is an especially important issue to address today.
– Truckers are urged
to delay travel until the evening hours, if at all possible, so that crews can
continue road clearance efforts.
– Calling 2-1-1 should be used to find
locations of shelters and warming stations only.  2-1-1 does not have
information on when streets will be plowed.  Please do not call 2-1-1 for
plowing information.
– Residents should please remember that our state and
city public works personnel are working very hard to get our roads clear.  This
was a historic storm, and the recovery effort is going to take some time.

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