- Crews work through the night, more progress expected today
- Roads still blocked, 3 feet of heavy, wet snow in hardest hit areas
- GMP further boosts field force with 180 additional line workers from out of state
- Before the storm, GMP had already expanded its field force to respond
COLCHESTER, Vt. – Green Mountain Power (GMP) is expanding its field force even further Wednesday, as crews continue making progress restoring power as snow continues to fall and conditions remain challenging. So far, more than 59,000 customers have been restored, with 24,000 left to go. Adding to difficulties in the field, crews face time consuming challenges working with local first responders in clearing roads from downed trees and lines, as the regionwide storm continues to dump cement-like snow even today. Forecasters have extended wind advisories and the winter storm warnings into this afternoon for some of the hardest hit areas of Vermont, which could cause additional outages and continued dangerous travel conditions.
“Adding to the complexity of this storm is the fact that the storm track shifted yesterday from the forecast, and it continues to change as we move into day two, with the warning extended through this afternoon now,” said Mike Burke, GMP’s vice president of field operations. “We had already brought in external crews to work alongside ours before the storm hit, and now, we are enhancing our field team even further as other states less hard hit release their crews for mutual aid to Vermont. This will help us to continue and even speed progress for customers.”
GMP is urging safety for customers as the storm continues. Road conditions are dangerous in places with closures due to deep and heavy snow and downed trees and power lines. Always stay far away from any downed trees or lines and call GMP and first responders to report damage. Storm safety tips are available on GMP’s website. Using the GMP app is a convenient way to report outages, track restoration, and manage your GMP account. You can also report outages through the Outage Center on GMP’s websiteor call GMP at 888-835-4672.
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Adding to the complexity of this storm is the fact that the storm track shifted yesterday from the forecast, and it continues to change as we move into day two, with the warning extended through this afternoon now.Mike Burke, GMP’s vice president of field operations