Green Mountain Power spokeswoman Kristin Kelly said Windham County had zero outages as of Saturday night after crews worked hard through last week to get to that point after a big snowstorm. But Sunday’s wet snow and freezing rain changed that.
“We’re making great progress today,” Kelly said. “We’re dealing with a tricky weather pattern today and continue to get new outages this afternoon from the snow unloading. That’s when snow melts, and trees weighed down by snow snap back up and hit power lines causing outages.”
Customers without power at noon Sunday included 205 in Grafton, 31 in Wilmington, 13 in Londonderry, three in Windham and one in Newfane,
Customers without power Friday included 383 in Londonderry, 116 in Halifax, 94 in Marlboro, 33 in Jamaica, 32 in Grafton, 23 in Dover, seven in Dummerston, three in Newfane and one in each of the following towns: Athens, Brattleboro, Brookline and Guilford.
GMP reported restoring power to more than 110,000 customers since Monday’s storm. As of about 2:30 p.m. Sunday, the company was dealing with about 2,500 new outages.
“This morning, new outages were coming in from the weight of new ice and wet snow on top of 6 inches of snow already stuck on trees and lines from Monday’s storm,” Kelly said. “We’d kept the army of GMP and out-of-state line and tree crews in place, about 800 people, ready to respond to new outages quickly and safely today.”
The Windham County area and other parts of the state were hit hard by the snowstorm, which resulted in local residents losing power for long stretches of time.
“No power?” read a sign outside the West Dover Congregational Church, United Church of Christ. “Showers and coffee here.”
Although the sign didn’t appear until Thursday, such services were offered starting Wednesday. The church worked with the town, the West Dover Fire Department and the Dover Police Department. Dover Elementary School and other institutions referred people.
“We served a significant but small number of people,” said Jeremy Kirk, pastor of the church.
The outages led to conversations about using the site in the future.
“We were prepared for it to happen today,” Kirk said Sunday. “We were happy to offer showers, phone, wi-fi and a place to hang out in our basement if people wanted to rest with their kids or watch the news or get warm.”
The church has 30 cots and could be used to host people overnight.
Kirk said he was “really impressed” with the community’s response and concern.
“We look forward to collaborating with the town and neighbors on taking care of each other next time,” he said.
On Friday, Gov. Phil Scott acknowledged outages throughout the state.
“Damage in central and southern Vermont was particularly severe as a result of this week’s storm and could be in the area of greatest impact again this weekend,” he said in a press release. “My administration has been working with towns, utilities and non-profits this week to ensure everyone who needs help receives it. That will continue into this weekend as utilities complete restoration, and if new damage results from the upcoming storm.”