VT Residents Lose Power From Flooded Substation
Over 1,400 Green Mountain Power (GMP) customers in Weathersfield, West Windsor, and Reading VT were without electricity Tuesday night. GMP shut down a substation in Brownsville VT after it experienced flooding after pounding rains hit the area. The power company was not sure if the substation received damage but was prepared to bring in a mobile station to restore power to residents. GMP shut down the substation shortly before 9:00 pm. Power was restored to 800 residents early Wednesday morning and GMP planned on working through the night to restore power to the remaining customers in West Windsor.
Family Dollar Evacuated Due to Flooding
The rain also caused problems at the Family Dollar Store on Pleasant Street in Claremont NH. A blocked drainpipe on Family Dollar’s roof caused ceiling tiles to fall and caused flooding in the rear of the store. The store was evacuated early Tuesday evening and the Claremont Fire Department used their ladder truck to access the roof for the problem. The store was shutdown and there is no word on when the store will reopen.
Springfield VT Accident
Vermont State Police responded to a single vehicle crash on Interstate 91 northbound in Springfield. Christine Boylan 49, of Oakdale, NY was traveling north when she lost control of her vehicle. The vehicle spun out and went off the road, then rolled onto its side and struck a ledge. The vehicle sustained heavy damage. Boylan was transported to Springfield Hospital with a possible neck injury, and a passenger in the vehicle was not injured. The Springfield Fire Department, Bellows Falls Fire Department, and Golden Cross Ambulance also responded to the scene. This crash remains under investigation, anyone who witnessed it is asked to contact State Police.
Flagger Seriously Injured By Falling Tree
A VT traffic flagger was seriously injured Tuesday morning after being struck by a falling tree. Thetford VT Police say Donald Ferland, 77 of Greenboro Bend VT was working traffic control for New England Tree Experts, was struck by the tree while the company worked on tree removal on Godfrey Road in Thetford. Mr. Ferland was treated at the scene by personnel from Thetford FAST Squad, Thetford Fire Department and Upper Valley Ambulance for serious head injuries, and transported to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. Mr. Ferland was not wearing a hard hat or other protective equipment at the time. New England Tree Experts was employed by Green Mountain Power to clear for a utility line upgrade along Godfrey Road.
The Thetford Police Department was assisted in this investigation, which is ongoing, Vermont Occupational Safety and Health Administration (VOSHA).