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Crews restore power to 12,000 Vermont residents, businesses

LUDLOW - CVPS crews and support staff assisted by several outside contract crews restored power to almost all of the 12,000 residents and businesses that lost power Thursday afternoon, after a second wave of severe thunderstorms rolled though the state.

Less than 150 CVPS customers remain without power this morning in Orange, Rutland, Windham, Windsor and Bennington counties. The remaining outages should be repaired by this afternoon.

"Small storms persisted through the evening last night, but weary crews and support staff pushed on," said Joe Kraus of Canadian-owned CVPS. "Two waves of severe storms knocked out power to a total of more than 23,000 CVPS customers over the past two days, but CVPS workers remained dedicated to restoring power as quickly as was safely possible."

Wednesday night a round of severe thunderstorms knocked out power to more than 11,000 CVPS customers. Just as CVPS crews were wrapping up that restoration effort Thursday afternoon, another even stronger round of storms hit the state, knocking out power to an additional 12,000 CVPS customers. About 20 utility poles were broken during the two waves of storms, and hundreds and trees, tree limbs and lines came down. Numerous lightning strikes did damage to the system as well.

Some towns in Rutland County (Wallingford and Rutland City, to name a couple) were hit twice, but much of the damage Thursday hit different areas, as the storm cells were very localized.

Wednesday storms did the most damage to Rutland County, while Thursday's storms hit Windham County particularly hard.

"Our service territory in central and southern Vermont certainly took a pounding twice this week, but hopefully now we'll see some relief from Mother Nature for a while," CVPS spokeswoman Christine Rivers said.

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