Conn. governor orders road closed due to storm as emergency vehicles struggle on snow-covered roads

Feb 9, 2013

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's governor has ordered all roads closed until further notice, expanding a limited travel ban issued Friday afternoon, as officials deal with a storm that dumped more than 2 feet of snow on the state.

The view from a traffic camera at the Pine Creek Road exit off Interstate 95 in Fairfield, Connecticut at around 10 a.m., Feb. 9, 2013.
Credit 511 NY / Traffic Camera

Governor Dan Malloy said this morning that stalled or abandoned vehicles will only slow the recovery process.

State police spokesman Lieutenant J Paul Vance says drivers and even some troopers have been getting stuck on the snow-covered highways. He said a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle and killed Friday night in the New Haven County town of Prospect.

Vance said troopers are still out responding to calls but it's imperative that people stay off the roads.
As of this morning the storm had dumped more than 30 inches of snow in New Haven and 18 inches in Waterbury. On Friday afternoon, Malloy issued a limited travel ban for the state’s limited access highways.

Meanwhile, Fairfield Connecticut’s top elected official says the roads are in such rough shape from the storm that even emergency vehicles and snow plows are getting stuck.

First Selectman Michael Tetreau says that the next shift of police and firefighters can't come in because of the roads, so the current shift is staying on duty. He said emergency vehicles got stuck in the snow all night.

He says Fairfield, which suffered extensive flooding in Superstorm Sandy, did not experience significant flooding in the latest storm.

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