NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) -- Gov. Dannel Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman fanned out along the Connecticut shoreline today to view more of the damage caused by Sandy.
The governor hit the eastern sections of the shoreline, including Stonington and New London, all the way to Madison and Guilford.
The first-hand look comes as Connecticut's two largest utilities finish up their assessments and prepare a timetable of when service will be restored.
Officials from the two utilities spoke after Gov. Dannel Malloy gave his morning briefing on the state's recovery efforts. They said they will give a timeline for restoration Thursday morning.
Jim Torgerson of United Illuminating said they still have 1,800 instances of downed wires they have to deal with. Bill Quinlan from CL&P says they have already restored power to 320,000 customers.
The governor also encouraged Connecticut to have Halloween "if your community is safe." He's leaving that up to local officials and parents. Many communities rescheduled trick-or-treating until Nov. 7.
Metro-North, Shore Line East and Amtrak Northeast Corridor and Acela service is still at a standstill as train crews do damage assessments. Limited Metro-North service was restored in the afternoon, but not on the New Haven Line.
In a live interview on Good Morning Connecticut, Metro-North spokeswoman Marjorie Adams said they are working to get at least two tracks on the New Haven Line up and running.
CTTransit and Greater Bridgeport Transit District buses are back on schedule.
Major Connecticut highways are clear this morning, but drivers still need to watch out for those Sandy-created obstacles on secondary roads.
Connecticut's four shoreline counties have been declared disaster areas. Representatives from the Federal Emergency management Agency, FEMA, and working with state emergency officials.
Three deaths in Connecticut have been attributed to the storm. They include a woman from Mansfield, a firefighter from Easton, and a swimmer from Milford. A fourth person, a man who went kayaking in Milford, remains missing.
And in one of the more odd developments related to Sandy, a tree that fell on the New Haven Green unearthed human remains. They are likely hundreds of years old, from when the Green was a burial ground.
CL&P spokesman Mitch Gross says they've made changes from storm responses in past years.
"This time last year we had 300 additional ready to go," he said. "Now we have more than 1,000 line workers ready to go and many of them are at work across our system."
State environmental and health officials have issued one warning in Sandy's aftermath; flood waters from the storm can be a health risk. The water can contain raw sewage from treatment plants and pumping stations. So for now, don't do in the water.
The governor told all state employees to report to work at their normal times Wednesday.
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