Recently after thunderstorms have been severe; flooding streets,
cracking power-line poles and falling many trees and branches,
causing widespread outages multiple days this week across Rutland
and Windsor Counties. Storms in the summer often hit late in the
day making evening travel difficult if not dangerous.
Green Mountain Power crews responded quickly to last Sunday's
damaging storm and made significant progress restoring power to
approximately 10,000 customers overnight. Customers were affected
across the state, but most severely in the Rutland area with high
winds in addition to rain and lightning.
"Crews worked hard through the night," said Dorothy Schnure,
GMP's corporate spokesperson. "With much of the damage concentrated
in Rutland, we were able to bring many crews together into one area
and restoration went quickly."
By 6 a.m. Monday, only 300 customers remained without power,
with several broken poles still need to be replaced.
"This storm brought down many power lines across the region,"
said Schnure. "You cannot tell if a line is energized and dangerous
by looking at it, so if you see a line down, keep children and pets
well away from it until GMP crews arrive on the scene."
Customers may report outages by calling 1-888-835-4672, visiting
GMP's Outage Center page at www.greenmountainpower.com or mobile
enhanced at m.greenmountainpower.com, or by clicking the "Power
Out?" button on GMP's Facebook site.
Weather reports indicated the potential for more storms on-going
throughout the week.