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Gov. Hassan, PSNH Thank Hydro Quebec Workers For Help

NHPR / Michael Brindley

Governor Maggie Hassan met with crews from Hydro Quebec Monday morning to thank them for helping to restore power to thousands of Granite State residents over the weekend.

The roughly 120 Hydro Quebec workers gathered over eggs, bacon and coffee at Manchester Community College Monday morning before making the long trip home.

Governor Hassan went from table to table to say thanks, dusting off her French to show her appreciation.

“Merci beaucoup,” she said to workers. “Merci.”

One of the workers, Mario St. Georges, took the opportunity to pose for a picture with the governor.

“It’s a good souvenir for me,” he said, laughing. “I appreciate it.”

St. Georges has been working 16 hour days since arriving in the state Thursday, but says he was happy to help.

“I’m really glad to come here to help the American people,” he said. “For me, it’s going to be my last trip to the U.S. because I’ll be retired very soon.”

Public Service of New Hampshire hosted the breakfast.

The state’s largest electricity provider relied on crews from across the region to restore power to the more than 200,000 customers left in the dark after Wednesday’s storm.

Hassan told the workers their hard work was appreciated.

“The fact that you all allowed your lives to be interrupted, your families allowed theirs to be interrupted to come help us means a great deal to the Granite State, so thank you.”

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