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Wilton Residents Warned To Prepare For Approaching Blizzard

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FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. – With blizzard conditions expected to arrive in Fairfield County and across Connecticut on Monday, Gov. Dannel Malloy said the state was preparing -- and he urged residents to the same. 

A blizzard warning is in effect from 1 p.m. Monday until midnight Tuesday with heavy snow expected to fall at a rate of 2 to 4 inches of snow, totaling 20 to 30 inches of snow. Winds of 30 to 40 mph and gusts of 55 to 65 mph in the forecast.  

"Although storms can be unpredictable, this storm has the potential to have a significant impact on the state, and we need to be prepared," Malloy said. "Just as the state is monitoring and preparing, the public should do the same."

The Connecticut Department of Transportation will have its entire fleet of snow plows, including 12 loader-mounted snow blowers, prepared to deploy for the storm. The residual road treatment from the previous weekend storm will help in the efforts to pre-treat the roads, the state said.

"The Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security is monitoring this storm very closely and is prepared to coordinate any potential state response," Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection Commissioner Dora B. Schriro said.

In order to be prepared for any type of emergency, Malloy encourages residents to have an emergency supply kit and follow some basic preparedness tips.

Items to be included in the kit:

  • One gallon of bottled water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • At least a three-day supply of nonperishable food for you and your pet
  • A three-day supply of prescription medication
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • A whistle to signal for help
  • Plastic trash bags and ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener
  • Cellphone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
  • If emergency travel is necessary, fill up your car with gas, check oil and windshield fluid levels
  • And always, check on your neighbor

Connecticut Light & Power said the significant snowfall and high winds predicted could bring down trees and limbs, threatening the electric system. Customers are encouraged to prepare for possible prolonged outages that may result from the storm. 

The company is pre-staging employees and materials in locations across the state, and is preparing vehicles for safe travel on slippery roads and in poor weather conditions.  

In addition to CL&P’s 400 line workers, the company has also secured outside crews in advance of the storm.   

CL&P customers can report power outages by calling 1-800-286-2000 or by visiting the mobile website m.cl-p.com

CL&P also reminds customers to stay at least 10 feet from any downed power lines and immediately call 911 to report them.  

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