More than 10,000 customers in Vermont remain without electrical power over 48 hours after a storm began to wreak havoc on the region, according to utility companies in the state.
Vermont utility companies have reported that as of Wednesday afternoon, there were still 10,138 customers without power following the storm that began Monday night. The majority of these customers are located in the western parts of the state, with the highest concentration located in Bennington County.
The storm left behind a trail of destruction, with downed power lines, uprooted trees, and flooded roads. According to the utility companies, the restoration process is proving to be a difficult one. With the storm bringing winds gusting up to 60 miles per hour, the electricity infrastructure sustained severe damage.
To expedite the restoration process, the utilities are collaborating with out-of-state companies to bring in additional resources and personnel. The additional support is expected to help the Vermont utilities make significant progress in restoring power to affected customers.
The utility companies are asking customers without power to remain patient as the restoration process is underway. In order to ensure the safety of their workers, the utilities are following strict safety protocols, which may cause delays in the restoration process.
The storm also caused damage in other areas of the state, including flooding and wind damage to buildings in Chittenden, Washington, and Rutland counties.
As of Wednesday afternoon, the utilities had restored power to more than 22,000 customers since the storm began. However, the storm’s aftereffects continue to leave many customers in the dark. Utility companies are urging customers to remain patient as they work to restore electricity to all affected households.