Hurricane Irene off the coast of the United States, in a photo taken by NASA astronaut Ron Garan.
Anne Galloway of VTDigger.org contributed to this report.
Originally published in The Commons issue #116 (Wednesday, August 31, 2011).
In Wardsboro, Brattleboro Operations Supervisor Dave Miller said they found one washout that included five utility poles, but workers couldn’t go any farther because the road was gone.
“God only knows what washouts there are beyond that one,” Miller said.
Green Mountain Power brought in 200 line workers and tree trimmers to assist their crews with restoring power. Dotty Schnure, communications director, said that while nearly all of the utility’s customers in Windham County have their power back, the damage was so great in other parts of the state that it may be impossible to restore power for several days.
“While we have made significant progress restoring service, flooded roads are preventing GMP line crews from reaching some problem areas,” she said. “We will do repairs as soon as it is safe and accessible to do so. We expect in some instances it will be at least a day before flooding recedes sufficiently to be able to access these areas.”
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