Thousands Still In The Dark

By Kristen Tripodi

Published 12/23 2013 06:33PM

Updated 12/23 2013 06:38PM

ENOSBURG FALLS, Vt. - Thousands are still in the dark after a major ice storm swept through our region over the weekend.
There are still close to 65-hundred people without power in Vermont.
As of Monday, there were no outages reported in our viewing area in New Hampshire and only 58 outages in our viewing area in New York.
But in Enosburg Falls, Vermont hundreds were still without power Monday.
Driving through town, the damage from the ice storm was apparent everywhere. Tree branches were down, power was out, and people were in to town to stock up on supplies.

“I have no power, I have no water, I don’t even have a phone now,” said Tonya Thompson, one of the many people without power.
In Enosburg Falls and the surrounding towns more than 800 people were still without power Monday.
“We've lived here for quite a few years and we've never lost power for this length of time,” said Diane Parent, who is also without power.
Parent is without power and with a large mess to clean up.
“There’s a lot of lose branches up there and it’s kind of dangerous and they may still be coming down,” said Parent.
“You look around and it’s like a war zone with all these trees down,” said Thompson.
At Ace Hardware, the manager says they've been extremely busy. People were clearing the shelves of batteries, flashlights and even space heaters. He also says for the last few days they've been sold out of generators.
“We actually put the turkey out on the front porch because it was colder there then in the fridge,” said Thompson.
The phone company sent crews to cut branches off the lines and independent contractors were hired by the town to help clear fallen trees.
John Elwell, the Enosburg Falls Village Manager says the electric is owned and run by the town.
And with so many outages they called in three back up crews from out of town to help.
“I know they are out there working - day and night, under very dangerous conditions,” said Parent.
And as it gets colder over the next few days the town and Red Cross encourages people to stop by the warming shelter at the Enosburg High School.
“It’s keeping my kids sane, and me and my wife,” joked Chris Damato, whose family is also without power.
Many people in Enosburg Falls seemed to share a similar positive outlook.
“This is Vermont. You make do with what you have and you go on.
“We’re just rolling with it,” said Damato.
“What can you do, we've got plenty of food, we've got a gas grill, we are making the best of it,” said Parent.

Crews with Vermont Energy Coop and the Village of Enosburg Falls Electric Company are working to restore power as quickly as possible. But officials say it could be a few more days before people in some of the rural areas have their power restored.

The Red Cross announced it will open another warming shelter at 7:30 pm Monday night in Highgate, VT at the Highgate Elementary School. This is in addition to the other two Red Cross shelters that are still open- at the Enosburg Falls High School and at the North Country Union High School.

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