GMP Urges Safety as Forecasts Call For More Heavy Snow and Gusts Through Saturday
COLCHESTER, Vt. – Green Mountain Power (GMP) is urging safety for customers as crews work to restore power and forecasters predict that more heavy wet snow will continue to pile up across much of Vermont, especially the south and central regions of the state. Winds are also forecasted to continue to be high enough to cause outages into the afternoon, increasing the possibility for toppling trees which could tear down lines, causing more outages. So far, crews have restored power to more than 3,200 customers, and about 14,000 are out, with new reports coming in.
“We track the weather for days leading up to an event like this so we can respond safely and quickly for customers. Crews were ready and have been working since the first outages started early this morning and they will continue as we expect more outages through today,” said Mike Burke, GMP’s Chief of Field Operations. “The snow is wet, heavy and slippery which makes travel and restoration conditions tough.”
GMP is reminding customers to stay well away from downed lines or trees and to always assume lines are energized and trees may also have live lines tangled in them. Some good items to have on hand in case of any storm are a fully charged cell phone, bottled water, battery-powered flashlights, emergency phone numbers, and a plan of where to go if you were to need to leave your home. For medical emergencies, call 911. You can find more storm safety tips on GMP’s website.
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). In 2019 GMP was honored by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce and Vermont Business Magazine with the Deane C. Davis Outstanding Vermont Business of the Year Award.
Kristin Kelly, Green Mountain Power
We track the weather for days leading up to an event like this so we can respond safely and quickly for customers. Crews were ready and have been working since the first outages started early this morning and they will continue as we expect more outages through today.Mike Burke, GMP Chief of Field Operations