GMP CREWS RESTORE POWER TO 27,000 OVERNIGHT; Restoration efforts will continue into Friday;

12 September 2013

Rutland, VT - Green Mountain Power crews made significant progress overnight repairing power outages caused by Wednesday’s storm, but intense damage coupled with the expectation of storms predicted for today mean restoration efforts will continue into Friday and possibly longer. Overnight crews restored power to approximately 27,000 customers and 10,000 remain without power at 8 am Thursday. The high winds, lightning and rain brought down trees, poles and wires.

“Crews worked hard through the night,” said Dorothy Schnure, GMP’s corporate spokesperson. “Given the severity of the damage and new outages expected with today’s storms, we anticipate that we will be working into Friday to finish restoring power, and possibly longer.”

An army of more than 350 workers, including GMP lineworkers, GMP support staff, local tree trimming crews, and out-of-state crews are working to restoring power.

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 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.

About Green Mountain Power
Green Mountain Power (www.greenmountainpower.com) generates, transmits, distributes and sells electricity in the state of Vermont. The company, which serves more than 250,000 customers, has set its vision to be the best small utility in America.  

 Media Contact: Dorothy Schnure, Corporate Spokesperson 802-324-4418 (cell)