Gov. Dannel Malloy has signed a Declaration of Civil Preparedness Emergency to help towns with response and recovery efforts after Tuesday’s severe weather that left at least two people dead in Connecticut.
The emergency order allows state agencies to respond in local communities and offer assistance.
“Yesterday’s storms caused a lot of damage to infrastructure, public facilities, and private property,” Malloy said in a statement. “We have already begun the process to collect damage costs. This declaration will provide our state and municipal agencies with additional authority to help residents in the affected towns to expedite debris removal and deal with the ongoing restoration efforts.”
The governor said officers are also looking into whether the state can request a Major Disaster Declaration from the federal government.
At the height of the storms Tuesday, more than 130,000 homes and businesses were without power. Thousands remained out Wednesday as towns and cities scrambled to clean up downed trees and power lines.
Brookfield, which was hit by a macroburst, declared a town disaster. The town of Southbury has issued a state of emergency.