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Malloy: "We're Hardy Stock Here in Connecticut"

Visiting with Branford's officials, Malloy discusses the Blizzard of 2013, the latest of many natural disasters he has seen Connecticut through.

 

Governor Dannel Malloy visited with Branford's town officials – including First Selectman Unk DaRos, State Representative Lonnie Reed and members of the Branford Fire Department and Branford Police Department – yesterday afternoon to discuss the blizzard's impact on both Branford and the State of Connecticut.

"We're getting good at this," Malloy laughed after being asked about the many different natural disasters he has faced as Connecticut's governor. "We have learned and are responding better than if it was the first one. It’s experience that I’d rather not necessarily have had...but we've learned a lot."

Malloy noted that several members of the state's Emergency Operations Center have said that places like Florida and Oklahoma are now asking Connecticut how to handle disaster-type situations now, while the situation has been reversed in the past.

"They are asking questions about how we handle these situations," he said. "And of course, we had that human disaster out in Newtown, too, so it’s been a tough run, but we’re hardy stock here in Connecticut."

Taking Precautions

"Hearty stock" and all, Malloy still had several warnings for Connecticut residents, especially after yesterday's rain, including taking precautions with clearing flat roofs and to slow down on the highway system.

"The [snow on the] side of the road is going to be the equivalent of a Jersey barrier so on our highway system, people just need to slow down because if you hit one of those, you’re going to spin and do a lot of damage and potentially close the highway," he said. "We’ve had the happen a couple times yesterday with jackknifed trucks."

Ambulance travel is still proving to be a problem, but Malloy said that there are about 230 National Guard humvees being used at this time. Some are set up as ambulances, which they've needed since midway through the storm.

"We’ve had some of those out with local governments to move the sick or injured," he said.

DaRos also shared concerns about carbon monoxide poisoning, noting that Branford had "several close calls" over the weekend. Malloy confirmed that there were two deaths in Meriden as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning as people were in an idling vehicle without realizing the exhaust pipe was clogged.

"We certainly want people to be aware," said Malloy.

Clearing Out

Now that the state roads are, "by and large, clear enough," according to Malloy, the state has released its crews to local governments. Nearby states are also sending equipment to help with snow removal.

Several massive snow-blowing machines arrived over the weekend with more slated to come in yesterday afternoon. 

"[The municipalities] are asking for payloaders because you have to pick this stuff up; to get through a 10-foot drift at the bottom of a hill, you’ve got to do more than plow – you can’t push it out of the way," said Malloy. "We had historic levels of snow in every one of our counties and in urban areas, there’s a lack of places to push it. The equipment is being overwhelmed – that’s why we’re bringing in additional resources from other states at this point."

What's the Cost?

With Public Works crews and contractors working around the clock, many are wondering what the cost of the storm will be and how it could affect the town's budget. While it's too early to estimate fulls costs, Malloy acknowledged that a storm like this "wipes out anybody's snow budget."

Luckily, though, the State of Connecticut received a declaration, which means that communities can get 75 percent of their costs from a 48-hour period recovered.

"We’re allowing municipalities to select what that 48-hour period is," said Malloy. "We’ll go for a larger declaration that may give rise to some other types of relief as well."

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Christine February 12, 2013 at 05:53 PM
Wow, when was the entire state of Florida bathed in 3-4 feet of snow? Idiot. We get the majority of massive snow storms. In addition because we have Long Island Sound, water gets trapped during a hurricane or even a minor tropical storm taking out hundreds to thousands of homes. Florida's lay out is much different, CT is extremely dense forestry, A minor storm can take down powerlines for days or weeks. We're also extremely hilly everywhere, we have 0 flat land... the majority of CT homeowners live on giant hills, like I do. Snow storms, flooding and pooling up of water isn't hard. Florida's landscape and architecture is far different. I'd love to see Florida get 3 feet of snow blanketing it's entire state and see what they say then. Blizzards are practically Snow fulled hurricanes... with 30-80 mile per hour winds or higher... when trees are covered in snow they snap and break... roofs of buildings and homes start colapsing from the weight of the snow, or the trees falling down. Hundreds of thousands of cars are completely encased in snow and ice... Yeah... weather that out... THEN say something.
Jenn McCulloch February 12, 2013 at 06:15 PM
Thanks Karen--that spelling error is on me. Correcting it now.
Maggie Bruno February 12, 2013 at 06:58 PM
We have to be "hearty" to survive the absolutely horrendous plowing and cleanup job the town and state did. Since when is a whole crew of people sent home in the midstof a disaster? Has anyone ever heard of working in shifts? From what I see, Branford and the state had no working plan of action to deal with this storm. The recent hurricanes have brought about an investigation of the incompetence of the utility companies. Now it time for a serious look at the town and state maintenance road crews. Dissatisfied citizen Maggie
Alicia Mullen February 13, 2013 at 12:36 AM
Omg, so idiotic is all I have!!
SolarPete February 13, 2013 at 12:51 AM
Christine u r right Florida doesn't get snow and if it did my yard would all be dead plam trees and snow don't mix and Florida can deal with hurricanes as u and ur state can deal with snow I think it's sad the governor says things that r not true and if the towns cities and state can travel to see the problems why is it most folks can't even get out of their driveways. They work all day cleaning their driveways then bam the snow plow fills all their hard work back in or when the leaders of branford tell home owners to clean the sidewlks when they are buried under 6+ feet of snow placed their by snow plows so folks can walk down them yea right I like what some folks did they all got together and helped each other out even their streets I'm sad poor Maggie worked all day only to watch the plows fill it back in I remember when I were a kid of clearing the driveway only to watch the plow cover it back up

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