Connecticut dairies deal with power outages after storm

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's top agriculture official says some farmers face potential failures of equipment that generate electricity in a lengthy power outage.

Agriculture Commissioner Steven Reviczky (re-VISS'-kee) said Monday that owners of dairies and greenhouses have been running generators 24 hours a day since widespread power outages began Saturday as the rare October snow storm hit Connecticut.

He said that if generators run 24/7, "things break."

Reviczky said it's not that different from what happened when the remnants of Hurricane Irene hit Connecticut in late August.

The state is letting farmers know it's aware of the problem and is monitoring it.

He said one bright spot is that unlike when Irene struck, roads now are not blocked. For dairy farmers, that means milk trucks have access to their farms.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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