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Eversource prepares for frigid temperatures, Special Olympics

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The Eversource power company said it's prepared to help Connecticut residents keep the heat and electricity on this weekend.

It's also preparing for the Special Olympics Connecticut Winter Games.

"It’s important to remember we are a 24/7 operation, so our crews both on the electric and on the natural gas side are available no matter what," said Mitch Gross, Eversource spokesperson. "So they too will dress accordingly [and] will wear layers. They get their equipment ready and they are ready to respond when our customers need them.”

The company said extreme cold can put a strain on equipment that delivers electricity and natural gas to customers, so it's keeping a close eye on it.

“Over the past several years, we have been adding new, more reliable pipes to our gas distribution system and have made significant upgrades to the electric system so it can better withstand these extreme weather conditions,”   said Peter Clarke, senior vice president of emergency preparedness at Eversource.

The company also said it has an abundant supply of liquefied natural gas to back up any increased demand.

Outages can be reported on Eversource.com.

With the frigid temperatures forecasted for the weekend, Eversource said it's the perfect time to make more snow to ensure good conditions for the more than 200 athletes expected to participate in events like cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

It fired up its snow guns at its Windsor location, the new site for the games.

"We do this every year to make sure the 200-plus athletes have the best conditions possible so they can really put on a show here," Gross said.

The games are set for Feb. 27 and 28.

Eversource volunteers said they set up about 1,000 feet of piping that carries the water and compressed air needed to make the snow.

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