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Eversource Ready To Respond To Powerful Snowstorm



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BERLIN — With a powerful winter storm expected to bring significant snowfall to Connecticut overnight into Tuesday, the state's largest residential energy supplier says it is ready to respond to any storm-related power outages or damage to the electric system.

Eversource said Monday it is bringing in additional line and tree crews in advance of the storm who will be positioned around the state, so they can quickly respond to any damage or power outages caused by the weather.

“We’ve been closely monitoring this storm using several weather forecast models and are planning accordingly, making adjustments to our response as necessary,” said Eversource President of Connecticut Electric Operations Steve Sullivan. “The heavy, wet snow can weigh down tree limbs and branches, possibly bringing them down onto electric lines and equipment, causing damage and power outages. The hazardous conditions can also make travel challenging for our crews, so we’re staging extra staff and equipment across the state to ensure we’re ready to respond as quickly as possible wherever our crews are needed.”

As reminders, Eversource urges customers to always stay clear of downed wires, keep pets away as well and to report them immediately to 911. Be sure to report any outage online at eversource.com or by calling 800-286-2000. Customers who signed up for the company’s two-way texting feature can send a text to report an outage and receive outage updates as they happen.

Eversource natural gas customers should be aware that some natural gas heating systems may be affected by a power outage, and it’s important to keep gas meters and outdoor vents clear of snow and ice buildup. Customers should carefully remove snow and ice with a broom or by hand. Do not use a shovel or kick the gas meter which can damage the meter. Customers should also immediately leave their home or business if they smell gas, and call 911.

Additional preparedness tips can be found at the Storm Preparedness section at Eversource.com.

Eversource says it is ready to respond to any storm-related power outages or damage to the electric system caused by a heavy storm expected to arrive in the region during the Monday-Tuesday overnight.
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