October Wind Storm one year later


One year ago, wind howled in the early morning hours, knocking down trees and damaging power lines across the northeast.

Winds gusted 50-70 miles per hour, on top of Mount Mansfield to 115 miles per hour.

“This was definitely a whole state wind event. Every D.U was effected one way or another,” said Peter Rossi, COO of Vermont Electric Co-Op

He say they were prepared for the event.

“When the storm hit it was in the mid of the night so I would say that was a good thing. Not many people on the street less people out and about,” said Rossi.

Working quickly, crews had everyone’s light back on within 7 days, but looking back they are always look for ways to improve their response when disaster like this strikes.

“There’s always areas of improvement, every storm is unique, so after this storm, like most incident we have we do what’s called an after incident review,” he said.

VEC is also looking into ways to mitigate the risk for outages if something like this were to strike again.

“Strengthen against further events  this include using coded tree wire putting things underground were it makes sense and its cost effective and also moving from a wood right of way to the road,” said Rossi.

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