While CVPS workers restored power to all of our customers who could safely receive electrical service by late Saturday, much cleanup work remains. Crews will be making more permanent repairs to temporary repairs made last week to restore service to customers as quickly as possible. Crews will also be doing cleanup and followup work for many weeks to come.Crews may have to briefly interrupt service over the next several weeks as they work to safely make more permanent repairs in damaged areas.In the meantime, CVPS urges Vermonters to continue to use extra caution around work crews and waterways, many of which are still flowing at very high levels. The company also reminded customers that water and electricity do not mix.‘While we made it through the restoration process safely, we encourage customers to remain vigilant,’ said Joe Kraus, senior vice president for engineering, operations and customer service. ‘Any appliances or electrical equipment that got wet should be thrown out unless an electrician has inspected it and said it is OK. As for homes and businesses, we cannot reconnect them if they’ve been flooded until a state inspector or licensed electrician signs off on it.’Any electrical apparatus, such as electrical panels and breakers must be replaced if they have been submerged. An electrician cannot approve such equipment for reconnect by simply inspecting it, it must be replaced.CVPS offered several safety tips: 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.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. For our safety as well as your own, slow down when you see utility workers on the roads, and please consider the following: The safety of CVPS workers on the road depends on your patience and care.Follow directions given by traffic control flaggers. They are paid to keep everyone safe.Respect traffic cones and other barrier devices. They are the only thing between your vehicle and CVPS workers and equipment.Drive slowly through utility-controlled traffic areas, even if there appears to be enough space to drive at state-posted speeds.Give 100 percent of your attention to the road. Do not be distracted by cell phones, music, eating or drinking beverages while driving through a utility work area.
CVPS urges public continue to take safety precautions around debris