Restoration from damaging winds makes progress; all customers to be restored by early Friday.

31 January 2013

Rutland, VT… GMP crews have restored power to 11,328 customers as of 5:00 this evening.  A series of back to back wind events began late Wednesday evening and ramped up again today around mid morning.  The winds caused trees, limbs and branches to fall taking down power lines in their path. 
“We’ve made great progress restoring power to our customers, and we have every known outage assigned to our line crews and tree trimmers,” said Jeremy Baker, GMP spokesperson. “We’re hoping to restore power to the remaining 2,811 customers by midnight, but cleanup work could continue into the early morning hours tomorrow.”
Winds approaching 50mph were reported throughout Vermont with a high of 47 reported in Weathersfield.  Gusts above 40 were also reported in Milton, Fair Haven, Montpelier and Georgia.  The existing wind alert is expected to expire at 6 p.m. this evening. 
Customers can report an outage at www.greenmountainpower.com on their computer or mobile device, or they can call 1-888-835- 4672.  The company has added a “Power Out” button on its Facebook page that allows customers another way to report an outage. 

GMP offered the following safety advice:
·        Before outages occur, be sure you have a phone that is hard-wired and does not rely on electricity.
·        Fill a bathtub with water before you lose service so the water can be used to flush toilets when the power is out. PREVENT UNSUPERVISED BATHROOM ACCESS TO CHILDREN.
·        Treat any downed line as if it is live.  Report the line to your local utility and fire department, stay at least 50 feet away from the line, and keep children and pets away as well.
·        If using a generator, read and follow the owner’s manual before starting it.  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.
·        Never use grills inside garages, sheds or other buildings, as the fumes can be poisonous.


 Contact: Jeremy Baker, Green Mountain Power, (802) 770-4132