Green Mountain Power helping fix Quebec power outage


BRATTLEBORO -- Green Mountain Power remembers how the communities it serves were assisted during Tropical Storm Irene.

During a storm last week, 78,000 Hydro Quebec customers lost power and remained without for quite some time. Volunteer crews from Green Mountain Power then began making their way to Canada to assist with problems regarding the outage.

"We tend to help each other when in need," said Dorothy Schnure, a Green Mountain Power spokesperson. "We were able to send 35 guys up there to have their power restored faster."

According to a press release from Green Mountain Power, "Quebec's electric grid was hard-hit by the same windstorm that caused thousands of outages in Vermont in the early hours of Nov. 1."

The next day, two line workers from Brattleboro were among the volunteers who made the trip. Other line workers and mechanics from areas such as Springfield, Rutland and St. Albans were also among the group.

Hydro Quebec is the province-owned company that services all of Quebec. It had requested the assistance of Green Mountain Power after the storm.

"We're always happy to help when we can," said Schnure. "Just like we're always grateful to receive help when they can help us."

She said the last time she can recall Green Mountain Power being called upon in a similar instance was Hurricane Sandy in October 2012. Volunteer crews had made their way to Connecticut to assist with restoring power and utilities.

The crews are expected to be back within one to three days of departing.

Chris Mays can be reached at 802-254-2311, ext. 273, or Follow Chris on Twitter @CMaysReformer.


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