Officially A Killer Storm: 5 Dead In Connecticut, Travel Ban Lifted
DANBURY, Conn. (CBSNewYork) — A travel ban was lifted in Connecticut after 24 hours of orders to stay off the roads, but cleanup was far from over Saturday following the blizzard that left at least five people dead, and more than 3 feet of snow in some parts of the state.
On Saturday night, Gov. Dannel Malloy submitted a request for a presidential emergency declaration.
“As we continue with the recovery from this historic winter storm, I am asking the federal government to provide us assistance with this process,” Malloy said. “If granted, this declaration would provide much needed help to our state.”
“Stay off the roads,” is still the message in the Nutmeg State. Parts of Connecticut were covered in dozens of inches of snow early Saturday, as a travel ban remained in effect until being lifted at 4 p.m.
A state of emergency remains in effect statewide.
A woman using a snowblower Friday evening was apparently hit by a car and killed in Prospect, Malloy said. The woman was believed to be 81 years old, but her identity was not released.
Also, a 73-year-old man was found dead of unknown causes in his driveway in Danbury, and a 49-year-old man apparently died while digging out his truck in Shelton and had to be taken away on a sled pulled by a snowmobile, according to a Hartford Courant report.
No information was immediately released on the other two deaths.
At a news conference late Saturday morning, Gov. Malloy said 270 National Guard troops were pressed into duty to assist with the blizzard aftermath.
There are many roads that are impassable or otherwise dangerous due to snow drifts or stalled cars, Malloy said.
“While we are lifting the ban on travel this afternoon at 4 p.m., I still want to urge residents to stay off the roads if at all possible,” Malloy later added in a news release. “Crews are out clearing roadways as we speak, but the fact is we are going to feel the impact of this storm for some time. The longer we can keep traffic out of town centers and off of our highways, the more effective our recovery effort will be. ”
Malloy said having cars on the roads only serves to slow down the clean-up effort.
“They have to stop or move around a car,” Malloy said.
As of Saturday morning, Connecticut Light & Power reported 37,214 customers without power. That number was revised around 7 p.m. to a little more than 34,000, Malloy said.
The largest number of customers without power are in the southeast portion of the state, and CL&P has amassed resources in that part of the state.