City | 10:19 pm | October 31, 2011 | By Tapley Stephenson

Obama declares state of emergency in CT

A snowstorm of historic proportions slammed Connecticut over the weekend, bringing record snowfall and more power outages than Hurricane Irene.
A snowstorm of historic proportions slammed Connecticut over the weekend, bringing record snowfall and more power outages than Hurricane Irene. Photo by Victor Kang.

As the state cleans up from record snowfall over the weekend that knocked out power for over 800,000 people statewide, the Obama administration has declared a state of emergency in the Connecticut and ordered federal aid to support the state.

The presidential order allows the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, also known as FEMA, to coordinate a disaster relief effort within the state, but the press release from the White House did not specify what form the relief would take.

After Hurricane Irene, FEMA supplied New Haven residents with ration cards worth over $200 each to replace food that spoiled during power outages. In a press conference Sunday morning, Governor Dannel Malloy said that the power outages from the storm were the worst that the state had ever seen. Around 750,000 customers remain in the dark.

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