A long line stretched along the sidewalk at the Connecticut Department of Social Services in Hartford as people lined up Monday, some before dawn, to apply for one-time federal payments for losses suffered because of Irene-related power outages. The line had extended to the Windsor town line by mid-morning. Cloe Poisson photo.

A long line stretched along the sidewalk at the Connecticut Department of Social Services in Hartford as people lined up Monday, some before dawn, to apply for one-time federal payments for losses suffered because of Irene-related power outages. The line had extended to the Windsor town line by mid-morning. Cloe Poisson photo.