GMP Crews Respond to Intense Storm in Rutland Area

23 June 2013

Work to continue through the night and Monday

Rutland, VT…An intense thunder and wind storm swept through central Vermont this evening, cutting power to thousands of homes and businesses across the state, with most damage concentrated in the Rutland area. Heavy rains, high winds and lightning knocked down trees, poles and wires across the region.

Green Mountain Power crews have already restored power to 1,500 customers, but 7,500 remain without power as of 10 p.m. Sunday. GMP is still assessing the extent of the damage, and with the damage already reported it is clear that crews will work through the night and all day Monday before power will be restored. GMP has brought in crews from other parts of the state as well as contract tree crews to help in the Rutland area.

“This storm brought down many power lines across the region,” said Dorothy Schnure, GMP corporate spokesperson. “You cannot tell if a line is energized and dangerous by looking at it, so if you see a line down, keep children and pets well away from it until GMP crews arrive on the scene.”

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.   

Dorothy Schnure, Corporate Spokesperson, 802-324-4418