Broken Telephone Pole Causes Power Outages

Emergency facilities in place due to extreme cold

By Alexandra Leslie |, Megan Carpenter |

Published 02/14 2016 09:34AM

Updated 02/14 2016 06:56PM

Emergency facilities are in place at South Burlington High School after a broken telephone pole resulted in power outages Saturday night.

South Burlington Police and Fire responded to a damaged telephone pole and power line in the area of Hinesburg Road and Deane Street.

According to police, the damaged pole broke and fell onto a vehicle around 10:30 pm, resulting in power outages in the city.

Due to the extreme cold and power outages, emergency facilities are set up at South Burlington High School by the Red Cross.

These facilities include temporary shelter until power is returned.

About 1,500 members of Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC) in the towns of Albany, Barton, Craftsbury, Glover, Greensboro, Irasburg, Lyndon, Sheffield, and Wheelock are affected. Residents of Barton and Orleans villages are also affected.

Orleans Fire is setting up an emergency shelter for residents to stay warm at the Orleans Municipal Building. Barton has a shelter set up in the Municipal Building.

Crews have responded and the outage is expected to be restored later Sunday morning.

VEC is advising customers not to run generators indoors or in any building attached to your home without proper ventilation and to seek shelter elsewhere temporarily if needed because of the extremely cold temperatures.

VEC members may report outages by calling 1-800-832-2667. For up-to-date outage information, please visit our website at

The South Burlington Police Department also urges drivers to use caution as the power outage is affecting traffic lights in the City.

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