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Obama Signs Disaster Declaration for Conn.

Federal money will be used to help state and local response efforts



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    President Barack Obama has declared a state of emergency for Connecticut after the massive storm that blanketed the state with several feet of snow.
    The order means federal money will be used to help state and local response efforts. The White House announced the declaration Sunday.
    Obama authorized the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide equipment and resources needed to help storm recovery.

    The weekend storm dumped as much as 3 feet of snow on Connecticut, paralyzing much of the state and causing the governor to order all roads closed for much of Saturday.
    Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said five deaths were storm-related, including a 73-year-old man who died when he fell while cleaning up in Danbury. The National Guard was brought in to help clear snow in New Haven, which got 34 inches. Snow totals were 32 inches in Manchester and 20 inches in Danbury.
    The state's largest utility, Connecticut Light & Power, reported power failures affecting 38,000 homes and businesses. The figure dropped to about 25,000 by early Sunday.
    Residents in coastal areas battered in October by Sandy dug out from snow but faced no new flooding.

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