US Rep. Rosa DeLauro at a meeting with mayors and first selectmen in her district in North Haven on Tuesday Feb 18, 2014
Credit Ebong Udoma / WSHU
The federal government has turned down a request to help Connecticut cities and towns replenish their snow removal budgets. Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro announced this to mayors and first selectmen in her Congressional district on Tuesday.
Thursday’s storm put a strain on travel, commerce, and the ability of cities and towns to clean up after it. Snow emergency declarations in Connecticut’s second biggest city and by the state may help with the financial strain of the storm.
Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy is requesting help from the White House and FEMA in an effort to obtain road salt to treat the state’s highways. The governor said on Thursday that the state is running out of salt used in snow removal.
The winter storm also prompted New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to declare a state of emergency earlier in the day Thursday.
Directorof State Operations Howard Glaser says the emergency declaration is necessary for the state to help out local communities in these situations.
Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy says the state has not had an issue keeping up with the amount of salt it needs to treat the roads after several snowstorms and another expected this weekend.
Meanwhile, the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities says most cities and towns in the state have used more than half of their snow removal budgets, while others have already used their entire budget for snow removal.