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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Merritt Open; Governor Requests Emergency Declaration

The non-emergency travel ban for the Merritt Parkway was lifted as of 11 a.m. according to an announcement from Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s office.

The governor advised residents to stay off the roads, however, to allow roads to be cleared and power restoration crews to have unrestricted access to downed power lines.

Malloy requested an emergency declaration from President Obama to assist with clean up and recovery efforts for the record storm. If granted, the declaration would give the state access to direct federal assistance, as well as reimbursement for 75 percent of certain emergency protective measures.

“Connecticut is now in the very first stages of recovering from a storm of a magnitude and at a time of year that we have never experienced before. Hundreds of thousands of households are without power or heat, travel conditions remain dangerous, and damage to our electric infrastructure continues,” said Malloy.

“I have asked President Obama for federal assistance, and I am urging Connecticut residents to stay off the roads, let tree and DOT crews get out there, clean up and assess the damage.”

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Posted 10/30/11 at 05:32 PM  Permalink



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