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Workers hunker down for cold temps

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Workers in Hartford had to brave this week's cold temperatures. (WFSB photo) Workers in Hartford had to brave this week's cold temperatures. (WFSB photo)

The cold weather is not going anywhere anytime soon and it's affecting more than just those without a place to stay.

Shelters across the state have been busy following Thursday morning's Arctic blast.

The McKinney Shelter in Hartford said it was at maximum capacity.

On Thursday night, a few last minute guests made their way inside and stayed with the dozen of men dodging the dramatic drop in temperatures.

John Turner told Eyewitness News that he had nowhere else to go for the night.

"I'm very thankful and grateful not to be out there in the brutal cold weather out there,” he said.

Radhamas Colon, however, said he's getting used to it.

"I do valet, park cars,” Colon said. “[I] just try to stay warm.”

Lucky for him, he and his partner from LAZ parking have a standing space heater for back up.

"[We] try and keep warm,” Colon said. “But it's layer, after layer, and more layers.”

Fortunately, he said his shift didn't last too long.

Nearby, the Metropolitan District Commission and a subcontractor planned to work on and oversee a sewer hog all night.

The on-ramp to Interstate 91 was closed around 7:30 p.m. Thursday night and remained that way until 5 a.m. on Friday.

“I find it challengingly fun,” said Jim Stewart, part owner of Alexander's Industrial Services Municipal Division.

Stewart said he and his crew are from Albania and were cleaning debris from a large pipe.

"I've got a lot of clothes on,” he said.

Stewart said he was not used to the cold weather, but he was prepared. He said the equipment was also prepared.

"We've got heaters underneath a tent, [they are] built over so it's 55 degrees under the equipment,” Stewart said.

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