Heavy wet snow knocks out power to 6,300 in Windham County

first_imgThe early season snowstorm that has knocked out power to 1.5 million customers in the Northeast, caused more than 6,300 CVPS customer outages in Windham County Saturday night. As of 9 am Monday morning, only 11 customers statewide were still without power.Heavy wet snow that started falling Saturday afternoon in southern Vermont brought down trees, tree limbs and power lines. Brattleboro and surrounding towns were hit hardest tonight. Multiple trees and limbs started coming down just outside of the downtown Brattleboro substation around 5 pm. No broken poles were reported, but the heavy wet snow also knocked out a transmission line in National Grid service territory around 8:30 pm, affecting about 1,000 CVPS customers. Many large distribution lines in Brattleboro were downed by trees and tree limbs. About 500 customers in Wardsboro and Dummerston are also without power. CVPS line crews, contract tree crews and support staff were working through the night and through Sunday to restore power. Slippery road conditions and continued snow fall through the night will slow restoration efforts, but crews will work as quickly as they safely can to restore power. Check vtoutages.com and http://www.cvps.com/CustomerService/outages(link is external) for up-to-date power outage numbers by town. SAFETY — STAY AWAY FROM DOWNED POWER LINES Don’t touch or even go near downed wires! These wires can be energized and can cause serious injuries or death. If the line is blocking the road or in contact with a vehicle with people inside, call your local police or fire emergency number first. Then call CVPS. Instruct others to keep at least 50 feet away, and keep pets and livestock away as well.Assume all objects touching the power line are also energized. Never attempt to remove trees or limbs from any utility lines! Notify CVPS of the situation. CVPS offered several safety tips for coping with the outages: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 the generator. 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. CVPS 10.29.2011last_img read more