Clean Up after the Storm this 4th of July

By Christine Souders |

Published 07/04 2014 06:59PM

Updated 07/04 2014 07:09PM

POULTNEY, Vt.- Many Vermonters are spending their 4th of July cleaning up after storms Thursday night.

Strong winds and heavy rains caused lots of damage in Rutland County.

Some the hardest hit areas are Poultney and East Poultney.

The most significant damage is along Main Street in both towns. 

Many people were outside removing branches and other debris.

Crews have been working since 6 p.m. Thursday to repair downed poles and power lines.

Like many of Bob Scott's neighbors, he too had to cancel his Independence Day plans to clean up.

"Standing at the backdoor watching everything happen, then all of the sudden there was about a 3 minute period when there was an enormous gust of wind that came through," said Bob Scott, who lives in Poultney.

The storms caused hundreds of trees to fall; some on homes and others cut off power.

"Heavy tree damage and multiple broken poles in different areas. So we're just trying to clean it up now." said Glenn Johnson, a Green Mountain Power Line Foreman

"Power went off, so I took my kids and wife to my parents house. I went to work this morning and got a call saying my house was on fire," said Ken Savage.

Thursday morning, Poultney Fire Department responded to Ken Savages' home which caught on fire shortly after some of the power was restored.

"Nothing left really. It's all burnt," said Savage.

Firefighters said the fire most likely was caused by a electric surge.

Strong winds uprooted a nearly 100 year old Maple Tree in East Poultney.

"Looked out my windows on the east and the tree was down. Just amazing," said Dave Nichols, who lives in East Poultney.

Thankfully most of his house is still intact.

"I had several singles taken off my roof. It was raining in my bedroom," said Nichols.

Crews said they are focused on getting this community put back together on this holiday.

"Poultney got all the fireworks they wanted last night. They saw a lot of light shows," said Johnson.

The Red Cross is providing support for that family in Poultney whose home caught on fire.

They are also helping another family in Rutland, where a large tree fell on their home and damaged it.

The storm affected holiday celebrations as well.

In Poultney, the parade, field events and fireworks were postponed.

Town leaders are still trying to figure out a date to reschedule them.

The celebration is most likely to be postponed until Saturday.

Some festivities did get cancelled, like the Martin Devlin Memorial 5K Fun Run.

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