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CCSU provides more than 800 beds to Eversource crews during storm clean-up

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (WTNH) - Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) is doing its part to assist those helping with getting the lights back on after last week's tornadoes.

On Wednesday, CCSU announced it had provided accommodations for more than 800 Eversource employees and contractors helping restore power across Connecticut.

The school said crews cleared more than 425 roads blocked by downed trees, fixed more than 1,800 broken poles, and installed more than 300 miles of electric lines last week.

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"The tornadoes and macroburst that hit several western Connecticut communities last week caused monumental damage to the electric grid and it's been arduous work for our crews to rebuild parts of the system and restore power," said Eversource Vice President of Electric Operations in Connecticut Michael Hayhurst. "After working 16 to 18-hour days on a massive restoration like this, rest time at the end of the shift for these men and women is crucial. We are grateful to CCSU for the accommodations they provided for our crews..."

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"...I'm very proud of our facilities and residence life staff who, in a matter of several hours, prepared hundreds of rooms recently vacated by students and then worked closely with Eversource staff to provide needed support to the emergency repair crews," added CCSU President Zulma Toro.

CCSU said many Eversource and out-of-state crews will remain on campus until power is fully restored and repairs are completed.


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