Early Saturday, May 19, Central Connecticut State University received a call from Eversource seeking assistance in housing 850 emergency utility workers. The crews, including some 650 utility trucks and supervisor vehicles, were traveling from several regions of the U.S. and Canada to help restore power to the Connecticut communities devastated by last week’s tornadoes and wind storm. 

Within a matter of hours, three residence halls — Sheridan, Sam May, and Mid-Campus — vacated by CCSU students just days before, had to be cleaned and prepped for the visitors. It required phenomenal efforts and coordination by Facilities and Residence Life to make the necessary preparations in a short period of time.

Late on Saturday, crews from Georgia, Mississippi, Michigan, Vermont, New Hampshire, and parts of Canada arrived on campus where Eversource and CCSU staff welcomed them. During the daylight hours, the crews are dispatched to make emergency repairs to communities including Brookfield and Hamden. They are expected to work in-state through Wednesday and then return home.