Claims News Service, Dec. 16, 3:13 p.m. EST — The recent winter storms that swept through northeastern regions of the United States forced several states to declare emergencies. On December 11, a major storm brought heavy rain, sleet, freezing rain, and snow to parts of New England, including New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, and New York.

New York Governor David Paterson declared a state of emergency to the state’s 16 counties most noticeably affected by the storm. The system, which peaked on Friday, December 12, subsided on December 14. The resultant ice accumulations coated trees, causing branches to topple over and snap power lines across the region. In fact, 1-inch accumulations were reported in the western and central parts of Massachusetts. The fallen trees and power lines left approximately 1.4 million homes and businesses across seven states without power and have disrupted the lives of many more.

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