Advance preparation for Tuesday night's storm helped Green Mountain Power quickly restore more than 20,000 outages all across Vermont as more than one hundred crews worked through the night. This moring (July 8th), crews have assessed the damage and determined that more than 3,000 remain without power, mostly in northern and central parts of the state. Fresh teams are coming in to relieve the night crews and GMP hopes to have all of its customers restored as quickly as possible.
'We brought in additional lineworkers and tree trimmers ahead of the storm and so we have an extensive workforce helping us, with more fresh crews arriving this morning (July 8th),' said Kristin Carlson, GMP spokesperson. 'The most severe damage was in Washington and Addison Counties, where restoration will continue into this evening. We hope to restore power to other areas by noon. '
This is the second major storm in a week. Green Mountain Power restored power to 37,000 customers over the Fourth of July weekend following a severe wind and rain storm. Summer storms with high winds, rain and lightning cause some of the most significant outages the utility sees each year.
'We want to thank our customers for their tremendous support they've shown during this past week of very wild summer weather,' said Carlson. 'We have a lot of clean up ahead and our crews are committed to getting everyone back online as soon as we can today (July 8th).'
GMP is offering new ways for the public to stay informed during weather events like this. Customers may sign up for text service to report outages and get updates. Simply text REG to 46788 or GMPVT, or sign up online at greenmountainpower.com/textalerts.
With the summer storm season here, GMP offered the following safety advice:
- GMP encourages the public to stay safe and report downed power lines and outages by calling 888-835-4672. Contact your local first responders to report emergencies.
- If you have a cell phone, make sure it is charged so you can make calls in an emergency.
- If using a generator, read and follow the owner's manual before starting it. 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 must work.
- Keep freezers and refrigerators closed as much as possible to prevent food spoilage.
About Green Mountain Power
Green Mountain Power generates, transmits, distributes and sells electricity in the state of Vermont. The company, which was named 2014 Solar Champion by Vote Solar, serves more than 250,000 customers and has set its vision to be the best small company in America.