Gov. Lifts Travel Ban; Urges Voluntary Restriction

by Christopher O'Brien

As much as three feet of snow blanketed parts of Connecticut Saturday morning, making roads impassable, causing power outages, and five fatalities. As the day progressed, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy lifted a travel ban, but asked residents to stay off the roads as much as possible.

State police have responded to 3,000 calls for assistance and with temperatures expected to reach zero Malloy asked people to call 211 if they need assistance finding a shelter.

At an 11 a.m. briefing, Malloy said a Prospect woman in her 80s was snow blowing the end of her driveway when she was hit by a motorist. The vehicle did not stop and the police are investigating the incident. A 49-year-old man in Shelton died Saturday morning when clearing snow from his driveway. The specifics about the other three fatalities is unknown, but they are storm-related.

“While we are lifting the ban on travel this afternoon at 4 p.m., I still want to urge residents to stay off the roads if at all possible,” said Malloy.

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