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Gov. Malloy Asks Connecticut To Obey Statewide Travel Ban

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. — Residents are asked to comply with a statewide travel ban on all roads Saturday after a record-breaking storm dumped 38 inches of snow on parts of the state, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said.

"One of the biggest problems we're facing is autos getting stuck," Malloy said Saturday morning.

Roads and highways blocked by cars can't be plowed and prevent emergency crews from getting through, he said. The travel ban would like stay in place throughout Saturday, he said.

Connecticut State Police had received 1,600 calls for service in the last 24 hours, he said.

The southeastern part of the state was hit hardest, Malloy said, with 39,000 customers without power there.

A total of 270 National Guard members are helping state crews to clear roads, with a “few hundred” more on their way, he said. Once the state roads were cleared, the state and National Guard crews might help out municipalities if needed.

Malloy also urged residents to clear snow from fire hydrants near their homes to help firefighters and to clear snow from around vents on their homes to prevent carbon monoxide buildup.

The governor will give another update at 6 p.m.

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