(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Dannel P. Malloy signed an order, effective immediately, banning non-emergency vehicles on the Wilbur Cross and Merritt Parkways due to dangerous driving conditions .
“The storm is causing treacherous driving conditions down along the Merritt Parkway particularly, as well as on roadways across the state,” said Governor Malloy. “I am urging residents to stay off the roads and let DOT crews get out there and get the streets clear. On the Merritt and Wilbur Cross Parkways no one should be on the roads except emergency crews. People should stay inside at this point, we are seeing heavy snow start to impact power as well as driving.”
The Emergency Operations Center, staffed by personnel from the Departments of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Transportation, Military, Public Health, Energy and Environmental Protection, as well as representatives from Connecticut Light & Power, United Illuminating and AT&T, will remain open throughout the duration of the storm. Governor Malloy directed staff at DESPP to reach out to the utilities in advance of the storm to discuss response capabilities in the event of power outages across the state, and the utilities participated in the Governor’s 3 pm conference call today. An update call is scheduled for 5:30.
Governor Malloy’s will hold a press conference at the EOC at 6:30 tonight to update media on the trajectory and impact of the winter storm in Connecticut.
For Immediate Release: October 29, 2011