04 July 2012

COLCHESTER, VT … Strong winds forecasted of up to 70 miles per hour slashed through the state and caused approximately 11,000 power outages in Green Mountain Power service territory late this afternoon. Green Mountain Power crews have restored power to 7,000 customers. At 10 p.m., there were approximately 4,000 customers still out.
Crews from the areas of the new combined service territory least affected were quickly mobilized to the hardest hit areas. The hardest hit areas were Chittenden, Washington, Orange and Caledonia counties.
“We’ve had reports of hundreds of trees falling on lines across our service territory,” said Dorothy Schnure, GMP Corporate Spokesperson. “We are finding benefits already in the new merged company, as we are able to deploy crews faster from areas of the state less affected to the areas hardest hit, thereby improving restoration time.”
Green Mountain Power encourages customers still without power to call 1-888-TEL-GMPC (1-888-835-4672) to ensure that all outages are reported and restored. Customers may also report outages on-line at www.greenmountainpower.com.
GMP offered several safety tips for coping with the outages:
  • 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 must work.
  • 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.

Media Contact:
Dorothy Schnure:
Office (802) 655-8418
Cell (802) 324-4418