Major Flooding Impairs GMP's Ability to Restore Power

26 May 2011


COLCHESTER, VT -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 05/26/2011 -- Major flooding has closed roads and made it impossible for Green Mountain Power trucks to reach power equipment in some locations in order to restore power. At this moment, areas in Barnet, Peacham, Barre Town, Barre City, Middlesex, Marshfield, Cabot and Montpelier are inaccessible.

The transmission line serving Plainfield is out, and completely inaccessible at this time. The company is monitoring the situation closely so that crews can respond as soon as it is safe to do so.

Authorities are evacuating some customers in flooded areas in Barre and have instructed Green Mountain Power to cut power to some streets for safety reasons. Power in some places will not be restored until authorities say it is safe to do so.

Green Mountain Power has approximately 2,000 customers without power, concentrated in the Washington county / central Vermont area. Restoration activities are focused on areas that are accessible.

This is a major flooding event and Green Mountain Power is fully staffed and focused on restoring power safely.

Customers without power should call GMP at 1-888-835-4672 to notify them of the outage.
Customers in an emergency situation due to flooding should call 911.

Any down power lines should be avoided as they may be energized and dangerous. Green Mountain Power should be notified immediately of any down lines.

About Green Mountain Power
Green Mountain Power (www.greenmountainpower.com) generates, transmits, distributes and sells electricity in the State of Vermont. It serves more than 175,000 people and businesses.

For further information, please contact Dorothy Schnure, Green Mountain Power Manager of Corporate Communications, at 802-324-4418.