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Malloy: 'We're Hearty Stock Here in Connecticut'

Visiting neighboring Branford Monday, Gov. Dannel Malloy discussed the Blizzard of 2013 — the latest of many natural disasters to impact the Connecticut during his term.

Governor Dannel Malloy visited neighboring Branford Monday to discuss the now historic Blizzard of 2013's impact on region, as well as the entire 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 hearty 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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FCF February 12, 2013 at 04:27 PM
Hey East Haven, I have a friend who needs help with snow removal so she can get her oil delivered. Marie needs someone in East Haven to shovel out or plow her driveway. She is not well or very mobile and needs the help of her community. She is not far from Memorial field. If you can help a neighbor she needs this done right away so she does not run out of oil. Please post here and I will provide Marie's address and phone #.
Bob Fawkes February 12, 2013 at 04:30 PM
It's times like this where American Imperialism really rears its ugly head. The global policeman has his hands full for sure. Be it protecting the CIA's poppy plantations from "Al Kida" riff raff in Afghanistan or keeping the 60 year old boot on the necks of the Korean people, resources are stretched thin. Have patience. Big Brother will come along in due time...
thomas February 12, 2013 at 04:31 PM
HEARTY BUT EVIL mmm are these really humans or a schlong race of fallen angels the reputation here rivals north korea.
MAC February 12, 2013 at 05:38 PM
Malloy sure has a way with words, does he not? HARDY (not "hearty") would be the correct word, although in this case the error may be the writer's. Malloy is a bungler of the language as well as an over-spending over TAXING big government guy! A couple of days ago he was talking about "commutation" instead of commuting, when addressing the difficulties of getting to and from work after the blizzard.
Bob Fawkes February 12, 2013 at 07:24 PM
Seeing as how, after leaving politics, many of these political hacks recycle themselves into the media in form or another (Rowland, Huckaby, Patterson, "Dick" Morris et al..), I can see Malloy and Maturo doing a sort Rowen and Martin's Laugh-In type of variety thing, each trying to outdo the other with their mastery of the English language. Lay out some one liners, introduce musical acts and the like. do some skits with guest stars like Charlie Sheen. Possibilities are endless really. Advertisers will be lining up at the door...

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