30 June 2017
External Crews on Alert to Help with Possible Widespread Damage
COLCHESTER, Vt. – Forecasters are calling for possible severe thunderstorms, wind, heavy rain and flooding over the next few days. Scattered to isolated severe thunderstorms could begin as early as 2:30 p.m. today, Friday, June 30 and continue sporadically through Sunday morning, July 2.
“Recent rainfall has saturated the ground, so there is risk of run-off, flooding and up-rooting of trees, which can cause outages,” said Green Mountain Power spokesperson Dorothy Schnure. “Our dedicated crews will work as quickly and safely as possible to restore any damage. We also have outside crews on alert in case they’re needed to help with power restoration from this storm that could cause outages across the state.”
Power lines may be live and dangerous, even if on the ground or tangled in trees. Green Mountain Power urges people to stay away from any downed lines and to call GMP or emergency officials to report them. For additional safety information and to prepare for the storm and outages, customers can visit: http://www.greenmountainpower.com/learn/safety-guide/
“We urge Vermonters to stay safe during these storms,” Schnure said. “In addition to staying away from downed power lines that could still carry electricity, stay away from river banks and hydroelectric facilities during storms. And please don’t drive through flooded roads,” she noted.
Green Mountain Power will provide updates on Facebook, Twitter and to the media. Customers may report outages and get updates through GMP’s text service or app, as well as calling 1-888-835-4672, or visiting GMP’s Outage Center page at www.greenmountainpower.com.
To get the latest information on outages and restoration times, customers can sign up for text service alerts, by texting REG to 46788 or GMPVT, or signing up online at greenmountainpower.com/textalerts. Customers can also sign up for GMP’s app to report outages with a touch of a finger at the Apple App Store or Google Play Store and search for GMP.
About Green Mountain Power:
Green Mountain Power (GMP) serves approximately 265,000 residential and business customers in Vermont and is partnering with Vermonters 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. In 2014, Vote Solar named GMP a Solar Champion. More information at: www.greenmountainpower.com. Connect with GMP on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @GreenMtnPower.
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