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Recovery slow after March 6-7 snowstorm

RUTLAND- CVPS crews, assisted by more than 30 outside crews, were cutting through ice, and hundreds of trees and tree limbs to restore the last of the more than 12,000 CVPS customer outages since the peak of the March 7 snow and ice storm.

Line and tree crews slogged away in Windsor and Bennington counties, in most cases restoring power to customers a handful at a time. As of midweek last week, about 700 customers remained without power.

Much of the repair work that was left to be in done in Windsor and Bennington counties was off-road, in areas where there is ice on top of snow. That type of restoration work often requires track vehicles; in many cases, crews were snowshoeing to reach damaged lines and poles. Crews have even had to dig wires out of the ice on the ground.

"When you have numerous tree limbs or trees on one section of line and that work takes a couple of hours - only to restore power to few customers with those repairs - the going is slow. That is unfortunately the nature of restoration work after an ice event," said CVPS spokeswoman Christine Rivers. "But we've made great progress in just a day and a half and are entering the homestretch tonight. Crews will work through the night to restore most of the remaining customer outages, but some in the Springfield area may be without power until last Wednesday."

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