Help From Federal Government on the Way for East Haddam, Haddam and Killingworth

Governor Malloy says the approval sets in motion federal aid in the form of equipment and reimbursement of costs incurred to municipalities.


The following is from a press release from the governor's office:

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today announced that his request for a presidential emergency declaration in the wake of Friday’s historic winter storm has been approved. In addition, he is urging residents to continue staying off the roads today unless absolutely necessary.

“This declaration will provide much needed assistance to the state and our towns and cities as we continue to recover from this historic winter storm," Malloy said. “While the ban on travel has been lifted, we are continuing to urge residents to stay off the roads, if at all possible. This is particularly true for tractor trailers. Every time someone gets stuck, it is preventing plows from doing their jobs.”

This emergency declaration provides for direct federal assistance, including possible snow removal equipment and personnel, power generation, and other commodities. The declaration also provides federal disaster funding for 75 percent of the cost of emergency protective measures incurred by municipalities, state agencies, and eligible nonprofits for a 48-hour period.

Malloy also stressed the following:

  • Due to road conditions and limited parking availability, residents should begin making plans to carpool to work Monday morning, particularly with state employees.
  • Clean snow off the roofs of buildings, especially if they are flat tops.  Also, make sure drainage areas are clear. With precipitation predicted for Monday, this is an especially important issue to address today.
  • Truckers are urged to delay travel until the evening hours, if at all possible, so that crews can continue road clearance efforts.
  • Calling 2-1-1 should be used to find locations of shelters and warming stations only. 2-1-1 does not have information on when streets will be plowed. Please do not call 2-1-1 for plowing information.
  • Residents should please remember that our state and city public works personnel are working very hard to get our roads clear.  This was a historic storm, and the recovery effort is going to take some time.

Will Brady February 11, 2013 at 03:25 PM
The country is in the hold by all that because we are paying for two unpopular undeclared wars; paying for bail outs to corporate criminals in Financial Feudal Lordships such as Goldman Sachs, Citibank,, B of A, Wells Fargo, Morgan Stanley and because the sycophants in Congress paying fealty to such repeatedly passed laws at the expense of the public - not that I expect the pseudonymous Good Life to realized this since he's still obsessed about getting the road in front of his house plowed before anyone else. Boring to read such know-nothing prattle. I wonder what "Good Life" was doing and to whom he was complaining while all THAT was being done. Odds are, he was doing nothing but being a sycophant himself. You could always move to Somalia - it's warm there, and they pay few (if any) taxes.
The good life in East Haddam February 11, 2013 at 04:43 PM
You'll never get bored, Will, you're just a carrier. But educate us some more, Will. What is the point of sending equipment and personnel here that won't arrive until the roads are all cleared? The snow is melting in the rain and 40+ degree temperatures right now. Even assuming that everything you said is true, does wasting money on one thing constitute a justification for wasting money on something else?
Will Brady February 11, 2013 at 06:27 PM
Practically speaking, it is unlikely that actual plows and personnel will come here, but that the town might get funds to help pay for the actual operating expenses of the present operations. That would not be a waste of money or resources, but a re-allocation of them. As for the 40+ temps, it comes after ice has coated potential drainage sites, so they need to be cleared. The references to Iraq/Afghanistan (two HUGE money pits for more than half a century actually) and to the outright theft of trillions of dollars from the USA treasuries by both banksters, hedge-fund* scammers and war profiteers (sometimes one and the same) THAT was a waste of money and we might approach those miscreants the same way our nation handles drug dealers. Arrest them, immediately seize their assets (returning them to the public treasury) put them on trial and imprison them. Two caveats: 1- I do not believe that all hedge fund operations are fraudulent, though many of them are and 2- If the handful of corporate / war profiteer suspects are found innocent, then repatriate them of their funds. I remain confident that history (not present news hawking) will affirm that the bulk of the funds and resources seized would remain unreturned.
The good life in East Haddam February 11, 2013 at 07:02 PM
"That would not be a waste of money or resources, but a re-allocation of them." Your'e starting to get it. We borrow money from China and re-allocate it to East Haddam which already has a suffcient budget for snow removal given the relatively mild winter we've had. Everyone says "look at all this wonderful free money we got" without stopping to think that if every small town in America gets a free handout (and all will get lots of them) we can't afford to pay for them all. So the federal government goes deeper in debt and the excess snow removal budget in East Haddam rolls back to the town on June 30 and gets blown on something else. Why don't we just pay for our own snow removal and let the folks down south who have no snow pay for their own kudzu erradication and stop reallocating except in situations where it s truly needed?
Will Brady February 12, 2013 at 01:44 AM
"Your'e starting to get it" - My aren't we presumptuous? You don't know someone personally, but you feel free to assume they know less than you about global economics. Tone it down a notch, won't you? especially since you choose not to identify yourself. On the other hand, agreed, if the town does not actually need the money, why take it? Allocate it for some other project that has a greater actual need behind it, if that be the case.


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