Vermont Business Magazine Green Mountain Power (GMP) crews worked through the night to get the lights back on for more than 36,000 customers after Tropical Storm Isaias slammed Vermont with strong winds and heavy rain late Tuesday. Winds of 50MPH were the biggest problem, tearing down trees and power lines. Most of the damage was concentrated in the southern part of the state, from Bennington to Brattleboro and north along the eastern side of Vermont up through the Upper Valley area north of White River.
“As our crews continue to restore power, we want customers to be safe and stay away from downed lines and trees. It is tempting to get out and start clearing damage, but it is not safe. Call us,” said Mike Burke, GMP’s Chief of Field Operations. “Crews had to spend time clearing branches, trees and downed lines just to make roads safe to travel last night, before they could start power restoration work in many locations. The winds were strong as the storm reached Vermont,” he said.
Damage from Isaias is regionwide. Across New England, more than one million customers were without power this morning. In Vermont, the downed lines and trees created hundreds of individual breaks in the power system, and GMP has extra crews adding to their own field force. Due to the extent of the damage, restoration in some of the hardest hit places could take until tomorrow.
GMP crews are following extra health and safety precautions during the COVID-19 pandemic, and GMP is also encouraging customers to maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from crews, following CDC social distancing guidelines. Call GMP for assistance at 888-835-4672 and call 911 for a medical emergency.
Customers can report outages and track restoration times online here: https://outages.greenmountainpower.com, through the GMP app, or by calling 888-835-4672.
About Green Mountain Power
Green Mountain Power (GMP) serves approximately 266,000 residential and business customers in Vermont and is partnering with them to improve lives and transform communities. GMP is focused on a new way of doing business to meet the needs of customers with integrated energy services that help people use less energy and save money, while continuing to generate clean, cost-effective and reliable power in Vermont. GMP is the first utility in the world to get a B Corp certification, meeting rigorous social, environmental, accountability and transparency standards and committing to use business as a force for good. GMP earned a spot on Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies in the World list four years in a row (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020). J.D. Power’s 2018 and 2019 rankings put GMP among top utilities for customer satisfaction. In 2019 and 2020 GMP was named “One of the Best Places to Work in Vermont” by Vermont Business Magazine and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, and was the winner of the Deane C. Davis Outstanding Vermont Business of the Year Award in 2019.
Source: COLCHESTER, Vt. – Green Mountain Power 8.5.2020