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Residents and Workers Coping With The Cold


HOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB) — Hundreds were without power in the Paper City for several hours Thursday night as temperatures dropped toward the single digits.

It was restored around 8:30 p.m., but was still out long enough for the heat to start seeping out of some residents’ homes.

“She said it’s freezing in their already,” said Tim Deleb, resident.

“It’s very cold, we are losing heat very fast,” said Esperanza Rosarios, resident.

While residents wore jackets inside, Holyoke Gas and Electric crews were bundled up from head to toe outside checking the underground power lines for the route of the problem.

Mayor Alex Morse posted on his facebook page that the problem was a broken circuit at the corner of Cherry St. and Homestead Ave.

Electric crews are just some of the many that don’t stop working because it’s cold.

“You have to layer up, you have to bulk up, you have to have at least two pairs of gloves pretty much at all times,” said Delores George, manager, Work ‘N Gear.

Gloves, jackets, socks and boots have been hot items at the West Springfield clothing for workers all week long.

“So with the cold snap everything is just flying out the door,” said George.

After work thawing out is a quick way to get comfortable.

Elements Spa in Amherst can help someone go from 20 degrees to 104 degrees.

Owner Jeff Krauth says their hot tubs and steam rooms can help people relax their mussels.

“It’s a small vacation because we are in the southwest mode in terms of decorations. You really feel like you are getting away,” said Krauth.

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