Malloy declares state of emergency; highways subject to closure at noon

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is expected to declare a state of emergency in preparation for the blizzard, his office announced at about 11 a.m. today.

Gov. Dan Malloy

Gov. Dan Malloy

In addition, Malloy said that limited access highways may be subject to closure as early as noon today. The governor is asking all residents to limit nonessential travel.

“People need to take this storm seriously,” Malloy said. “If current predictions are accurate, we will need people to stay off the roads so that emergency personnel and utility crews can get to the places they need to get to, and to make sure that our plows can keep critical roadways clear. Please stay home once the weather gets bad, except in the case of real emergency.”

 

What is a declaration of emergency?

A declaration of emergency provides the governor with a number of emergency powers, including:

—the ability to modify or suspend any state statute, regulation, or requirement (such as altering work hours or waiving licensing requirements).

—the ability to order civil preparedness forces into action.

—the ability to designate vehicle and person routes and movements.

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