Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Into the storm's second week

As we head into the storm and its aftermath's second week, there has been a great deal of progress on repairing and restoring power.

As of this writing one household remains out in Ripton.  Nearby, two households are offline in Middlebury (two more than yesterday), while twenty are still out in Lincoln.  Across the state 351 homes are in the dark, with about half of them in Underhill.

Repairs are just about complete, according to Vermont Mountain Power.

Repair costs look to be very large.  It cost the Vermont Transportation Agency about $2 million to clear roads over the past week, according to the Burlington Free Press.  The VTA also notes that
after the storms began Tuesday, crews plowed or treated roads for more than 120 hours continuously, covering 185,000 lane miles. Agency crews used 12,600 tons of salt and 230,000 gallons of brine.
Total cost might exceed that of Tropical Storm Irene, and even 1998's massive ice storm.

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