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Utilities Struggling To Bring Power Back To 700,000 Conn. Customers

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Connecticut is still struggling following Saturday's historic October snow storm with downed trees and power lines across the state.

Connecticut Light and Power is reporting just under 700,000 customers without power as of Tuesday morning, meaning people are either coping with the cold or seeking shelter at hotels, with friends and family or at Red Cross shelters.

At the Red Cross shelter in Danbury, almost 80 people spent the night.

"We have hot showers, we have beds, we have cots and blankets and some food so we have more people coming in taking advantage of that," said shelter manager Steve Woods.

"It's been rough since Saturday. It looks like a war zone where I live," said Danbury resident Mike Gagliardi. He came to the Danbury War Memorial Fitness Center to shower and shave before work.

Connecticut Light and Power says it could take more than week to have the entire state restored.

Officials say there is more damage from this storm than Hurricane Irene.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy surveyed the state by helicopter Monday and President Barack Obama declared a State of Emergency for Connecticut.

Federal aid will be available to help residents with food, water, emergency power and debris removal.

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