The storm also left roads in shambles. Although the major arteries in and around Hartford were generally clear Sunday morning, the wet, heavy snow from the freak October storm turned side roads throughout the state into a dangerous obstacle course. Downed trees and wires blocked roads or restricted them to one lane. Throughout the state Sunday, new problems continued to arise. Emergency responders were answering new calls for downed trees, limbs and wires. Malloy said that trees across roadways would likely by pushed aside by state and local highway crews to make roads passable, once power company crews ensure that the power is off.
Amtrak suspended service between New Haven and Springfield and between Providence and Bos-ton. Metro-North was operating on a Sunday schedule.
Operations at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks were moving slowly back to normal after extraordinary storm-related delays. On Saturday, an estimated 200 JetBlue passengers were stranded on a plane for seven hours with no food, water or working bathrooms. JetBlue spokeswoman Victoria Lucia said that the company was coupling refunds for all passengers diverted to Bradley with vouchers for a round-trip ticket and an apology.
An American Airlines flight from Paris to JFK Airport in New York was also trapped on the Bradley tarmac for a total of 7 hours and 27 minutes, according to American Airlines spokesman Ed Martelle.
A source familiar with the situation said that the airline asked if the passengers could wait in the departure lounge, but was told by airport officials that police would intervene to stop passengers from leaving the plane.
The FAA has said that it is “undertaking a comprehensive review of Saturday’s operations in the northeast including air traffic procedures, aircraft diversions, weather and equipment performance.”
The storm has already caused more damage and power outages in some towns than Irene. In the Farmington Valley, for example,100 percent of CL&P customers were without power Saturday night and into Sunday morning. In Glastonbury, many local roads were impassable due to tangles of fallen branches and power lines. And in West Hartford, tree limbs took down power lines, broke utility poles, blocked roads and ripped electrical service from houses.
As day broke Sunday and the extent of the damage became clear, heat — or the lack of it — loomed as a major issue.
Litchfield County had the most snowfall, with the Bakersville section of New Hartford receiving 18.6 inches, Winsted 18 inches and Litchfield 16.5. In other areas of the state, Danbury with 17.2 inches and Bristol with 17 inches received the highest totals. Towns and cities along the shoreline were spared from deep snows, with Stonington receiving only 0.9 inches and Grot-on 1.5 inches. New Haven had 2.8 inches.