Thousands Still Without Power

By Spencer Conlin | sconlin@mychamplainvalley.com

Published 07/24 2016 05:31PM

Updated 07/24 2016 05:43PM

Crews were out in full force Sunday picking up downed trees and power lines following powerful storms on Saturday.

More than 26,000 people across the state lost power.

"We had a big party last night and it happened right before we were all about to shower. We went to the one house in town that had power and showered there but it's definitely a little primitive,” said Carey Gattyan who lost power at the home she is renting in Cornwall.

Green Mountain Power deployed more than 500 workers across the state to clean-up and restore power.

Dotty Schnure with GMP said, "Summer storms are difficult because they are hard to predict precisely so we do have crews all across the state so when we see where the damage is the worst we can send a concentration of crews so we can have the most people trying to get power back on but it is going to take a while."

Some customers are expected to be without power through Monday. In the meantime crews are asking for patience and are passing along a message of safety.

“A tree can come down and the line can still be live you don't know so it is important to stay away from any downed lines,” said Schnure.

Gattyan says she couldn’t be more pleased with how crews responded.

"It is dangerous work, it is hard work and it is hot and so they are just doing what they can I mean you can only do what you can do.” said Gattyan.

As of 5:00 p.m. on Sunday 6,400 people were still in the dark.

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