HUDSON — National Grid worked throughout the night Tuesday to restore power at Bliss Towers.
Power was turned back on at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday. More than 200 people were affected.
Crews worked throughout the night, Hudson Housing Authority Executive Director Tim Mattice said. The power lines are owned and operated by National Grid. Bliss Towers is a 117-unit high rise managed by the Hudson Housing Authority.
An electrical short caused power to be turned off in the public high-rise sometime after 3 a.m. Tuesday. The loss of power also meant there was no air conditioning in the building.
Food was served outside Bliss Towers Tuesday afternoon. The food was donated by the Zion Community Food Pantry in Hudson and Hudson Housing Authority staff grilled hamburgers and handed out drinks.
“We’re trying to turn something bad into something positive,” Mattice said.
The city set up a cooling station at the Central Fire Station, 77 N. Seventh St., and residents are being given the opportunity to be transported there, where there is cold water and air conditioning. Cold water is also being handed out at Bliss Towers. There was no word whether the Hudson Planning Board would postpone its public hearing at the firehouse at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in light of the situation.
Bliss Towers is home to dozens of families with young children and seniors. Temperatures reached as high as 89 degrees in Hudson on Monday, according to the National Weather Service’s website.
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