With the state recovering from the 12th storm of the season, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy declared a state of emergency Thursday as a precursor to seeking federal aid for municipalities experiencing shortages of road salt.
“I have asked our state emergency management personnel to reach out to our cities and towns tonight and get more information on what their salt supplies look like right now, indicating to us how much they currently have on hand and how much they use in a typical storm,” Malloy said. “This will enable us to pursue a request to the federal government to assist these communities to increase their supplies as the winter season continues.” The governor ordered nonessential state employees to report to work an hour late Friday, an effort to lighten rush-hour traffic as crews continue to clean streets and highways of snow that was expected to fall sporadically overnight. Continue Reading →
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy ordered all nonessential state employees on the first and second shifts to stay home Thursday as Connecticut was expected to be hit with bands of snow, sleet and possibly freezing rain from a strengthening winter storm until Friday morning. “As conditions are predicted to intensify throughout the day, we are ordering all first and second shift, nonessential state employees to stay home today,” Malloy said. “I don’t like the term nonessential because I think everyone does important work, but with poor road conditions I don’t want to put anyone in harm’s way. With heavy snow falling across the state and forecast to continue throughout the day, I am asking residents to avoid unnecessary travel.” At his 8:30 a.m. briefing at the State Armory in Hartford, Malloy said a heavy band of snow capable of dropping 2 to 4 inches an hour was approaching from the south, promising that white-out conditions would move across Connecticut during the day. Continue Reading →