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GMP nearly completes restoration of 12,000 customer outages

05 July 2012

COLCHESTER, VT … After a strong storm ripped through Vermont late afternoon of Independence Day, Green Mountain Power linecrews worked through the night to restore power to the 12,000 customers affected by the storm. By 4:30 p.m. Thursday, power had been restored to all but a couple dozen customers, who are expected to be restored by sundown.
 
“Our crews worked tirelessly to restore power,” said GMP spokeswoman Dorothy Schnure. “With our new combined resources, we were able to assess the damage statewide and strategically deploy crews and equipment more quickly across the new service territory to improve restoration time. This is exactly what we had expected to be able to do as the new merged company.”
 
The storm began at 5 p.m. on July 4 in northeastern Vermont. A second wave with winds up to 70 miles per hour hit northwestern Vermont around 7 p.m. and traveled south, affecting customers throughout the state. Trees and branches blew down, knocking out power, and lightning damaged underground electrical systems. Additional outages occurred as crews worked through the night and the overall number of customers affected rose to approximately 12,000.
 
If any Green Mountain Power customer is still without power, they should call 1-888-TEL-GMPC (1-888-835-4672). Customers may also report outages on-line at www.greenmountainpower.com.


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