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CT deals with biggest power outage ever

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Gov. Dannel Malloy held a press conference Sunday evening and released new information on the latest power outages and storm damages.  Jeff Butler, CL&P's President, said the damage is five times greater than what was left by Hurricane Irene.

FEMA has an incident team of nine people on the ground in Connecticut right now.   

Malloy declared a state of emergency on Saturday and Sunday morning asked President Obama to declare a federal emergency making help available from FEMA and allowing for additional state aid. This comes after he

Malloy told residents to expect record lows in the 20s overnight Sunday. 

Many roads in the state remain impassible and quite a few neighborhoods are blocked off.  Eyewitness News crews coming in from the field said it's like driving through a maze out on the roads as they are dodge tree after tree.

Connecticut Light & Power, and United Illuminating are dealing with record power outages -- the most power outages ever in the state. 

Winter Storm Alfred has now caused more outages than Hurricane Gloria in the 1980s, and Malloy said this storm is more of a difficult situation than Hurricane Irene.

Up and down the East Coast, there are more than 3 million customers without electricity.  More than 797,000 customers in the state are without power.  United Illuminating said most of its customers should have power restored by Monday night.  CL&P said the vast majority of customers will have their electricity back within a week.

Early Sunday, CL&P said that many towns are 100% in the dark.  Among them are Bloomfield, Simsbury and West Hartford. 

Malloy said the top priority right now is tree removal and securing electrical wires. Crews have begun using heavy equipment to push limbs out of the way of power lines and to open at least one lane on roads that have been blocked by debris. 

AT&T has 164 cell sites out, Malloy said, and cell coverage will likely deteriorate as the day goes on.

Forty-one shelters around the state are opened. People are being urged to call 211 for information, and there has already been a record number of calls to 211 Sunday.

Malloy has asked fire departments to open for residents who need to take showers, warm up or charge phones. So far 63 fire departments have opened to the public, and Malloy said that number is expected to rise.

Interstates are all clear as of Sunday evening.  There have been 100 reports on rural roads of wires and trees down. 

One person was killed in a storm-related crash over the weekend in Colchester and a Connecticut State Police Trooper was injured in a different crash.  "We would like people to stay off the roads as much as possible," said Malloy. 

As of Sunday evening, bus service is running in all areas of the state except Waterbury.  

Two-thirds of Bradley International are back to normal. The state has distributed water, food and 900 cots for stranded passengers. 

Travelers should contact airline for information.    On Saturday, close to two dozen flights were diverted to the airport. 

Passengers on a Jet Blue flight were stuck on the tarmac for nearly 8 hours on Saturday. 

They said they didn't have water or bathrooms for part of the time. 

Malloy said the state government will open as scheduled Monday, but he will announce which ones will open after the damage is assessed. At 7 Monday morning, the state will announce which buildings will be open.  All state employees are expected to report to work unless their work site is closed.

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