RUTLAND - Green Mountain Power restored power to more than
46,000 customers affected by the storm last week. By Friday, Sept.
13 at 12-noon, about 2,000 customers remained without power. This
is the third largest storm of the past 12 months, after Super Storm
Sandy and the December wind storm which each had 48,000
"While we have about 2,000 customers without power, we still
have 280 separate incidents that need repair," said Dorothy
Schnure, GMP spokesperson. "Each incident may take hours to remove
fallen trees, reset a pole, and string line to bring back a handful
of customers. We will continue this hard work non-stop until all
our customers have their power restored."
Green Mountain Power said it expects most customers to have
power restored late Friday night, but in some areas where the
damage is extensive, particularly Windsor County, work will
continue into Saturday.
Those areas where damage was extensive include Randolph,
Windsor, Mt. Holly, Cavendish, Royalton, Tinmouth, Chester,
Reading, Sharon and Bethel.
"We are seeing hundreds of separate incidents with trees on
lines and broken poles," said Dorothy Schnure, GMP corporate
spokesperson. "Each of these events needs a line crew and a tree
crew, and can take anywhere from 30 minutes to make repairs to half
a day or more if the damage is extensive."
An army of nearly 500 workers, including GMP lineworkers, GMP
support staff, local tree trimming crews, and out-of-state contract
crews worked to restore power. Crews from Burlington Electric
Department, Stowe Electric Department and Swanton Electric
Department also offered assistance as well as other utilities in
"We know it is difficult to be without power for long periods of
time," Schnure said. "We have put together a large contingent of
workers to restore power as quickly as we can. Customers have been
very supportive of the hard work these folks do, and we appreciate
all the kind comments they make to our staff both in person and on
our Facebook page."
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.
GMP offered several safety tips for coping with the
STAY AWAY FROM DOWNED POWER LINES. Don't touch or even go near
downed wires! These wires can be energized and can cause serious
injuries or death. If the line is blocking the road or in contact
with a vehicle with people inside, call your local police or fire
emergency number first. Then call GMP. Instruct others to keep at
least 50 feet away, and keep pets and livestock away as well.
Assume all objects touching the power line are also energized.
Never attempt to remove trees or limbs from any utility lines!
Notify GMP of the situation.
If using a generator, read and follow the owner's manual before
starting the generator. Never operate a generator inside any
structure or near a structure. Use a transfer switch to ensure
electricity is not accidentally fed onto a line where line crews
Keep freezers and refrigerators closed as much as possible to
prevent food spoilage.
If power goes out, turn off all electrical appliances except one
light so you'll know when service returns. Then, turn equipment
back on slowly.