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Malloy: State, municipality crews doing 'extraordinary' job with snow cleanup

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© Gov. Dannel P. Malloy meets with New Haven Mayor John DeStefano to discuss blizzard clean-up (Photo Courtesy: Governor's Office) © Gov. Dannel P. Malloy meets with New Haven Mayor John DeStefano to discuss blizzard clean-up (Photo Courtesy: Governor's Office)

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy expressed that the restoration efforts following Blizzard Charlotte being done by state and municipality crews was "quite extraordinary."

"I am proud of what we have accomplished," Malloy said the new conference at the William A. O'Neill State Armory in Hartford Tuesday night.

State and town authorities continued to cleanup Tuesday after Blizzard Charlotte. There was historic snowfall in seven of the eight counties in Connecticut.

"No matter how you add it up, it's a lot of snow," Malloy said.

The governor said the state is continuing to provide cities and towns with heavy equipment.

"It's a ton of money," Malloy said on the amount of money being spent on cleanup efforts.

He added that the Connecticut National Guard "has done an outstanding job in helping municipalities." Servicemen and women have taken people in Humvees to hospitals.

"We want them to stay," the governor said about the out-of-state military groups helping with storm cleanup. However, he has no control on how long they can stay.

Malloy said that the Connecticut Department of Transportation has cleared 95 percent of the debris on its main roads and is expected to reach 100 percent overnight.

The governor added the DOT is expected to "pay more attention to the state secondary roads."

"We are not going to sweat two inches. We were sweating 20 inches," Malloy said about the upcoming storm on Wednesday night.

There have been at least 120 agricultural roof collapses with the most popular type of collapse being coops, followed by greenhouses and barns. Some animals including chickens and cows have died.

Malloy said all state offices and courts will open on Wednesday. And most, if not all, colleges are expected to be open Wednesday, as well.

Governor visits New Haven

Malloy met with Mayor John DeStefano in New Haven where the city set up police checkpoints to discourage people from traveling.

All the streets in the city have been plowed, so each has one lane open.

"They're doing the best they can," said one New Haven resident. "They're doing a great job. There are too many streets for the number of payloaders."

According to the mayor's office, Blizzard Charlotte dumped 34 inches on New Haven within 24 hours. Eyewitness News was told that's more snow than the Blizzard of 1978.

"We'll draw up a list of lessons learned," Malloy said when asked if towns and cities could have done anything differently.

The governor has freed all of the state's contractors, so they can assist workers in cities and towns throughout the state. 

The state also released 65 front loaders to cities and towns around state to help with their cleanup efforts.

To help their efforts, officials will begin towing vehicles parked on city streets. The towing operation will start at 6 p.m. and end at 6 a.m. Wednesday.

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