Peter Starkel, chief of the volunteer fire department in Columbia, Conn., said was difficult to maneuver emergency vehicles on the snow-narrowed roads. During one emergency medical call, ‘‘we physically could not turn the vehicles around,’’ he said. ‘‘So we had to back about a half-mile down the road to the closest intersection just to get out.’’
In North Haven, Conn., First Selectman Michael Freda said that with many driveways still to be cleared, people were running out of heating oil and prescription medication.
‘‘What this is creating, particularly in the senior citizen sector, is a bit of psychological anxiety with is creating a lot of emotion,’’ he said.
Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said there have been about six roof collapses involving barns and other structures.
Officials said people should try to clear flat or gently sloped roofs to relieve the weight — but only if they can do so safely.
‘‘We don’t recommend that people, unless they’re young and experienced, go up on roofs,’’ said Peter Judge, spokesman for the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.
Officials also warned of the danger of carbon monoxide poisoning.
In Boston, two people died Saturday after being overcome by fumes while sitting in running cars, including a teenager who was trying to stay warm while his father shoveled. The vehicles’ tailpipes had become clogged with snow.
Associated Press writers Pat Eaton-Robb in Columbia, Conn., John Christoffersen in Branford, Conn., Frank Eltman in Patchogue, N.Y., Denise Lavoie in Marshfield, Mass., and Jay Lindsay in Boston contributed to this report.