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Southern Vt. recovers from slush storm

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Line workers drove utility trucks down the back roads of Windsor County for most of the day Monday. 

Unlike last week's ice storm that crippled northern parts of our region, southern Vermont was most affected by Sunday's storm.  Thousands of homes lost power. "They flickered on and off for awhile, heard a noise and the power went off," said Windsor resident Gregory Richards.

Richards lives on Juniper Hill, where crews just got a tree off a power line.  Repairing damaged infrastructure in his yard is taking a little longer. "My landlord's property -- there is a line down right across his little pond right here but I'm sure that they will get that corrected," Richards said.

Heather Smith, who lives up the road on Route 5, lost power a couple times throughout Sunday night. "It was a long night with candles waiting for power to come back on.  But it's not too bad out here, just very heavy slush," she said.

She spent Monday clearing her driveway.  Easier said than done when rain mixes with snow. "I didn't think it was that bad because it didn't look that deep but it got a little heavy and slushy, so yeah, I'm getting a workout today," Smith said.

Power crews are also working hard.  Many were brought in ahead of the storm from surrounding states.   And Green Mountain Power got an additional 100 line workers in trouble spots Monday morning. "The power company is awesome.  They got right on it.  It also went out a little bit this morning but it came back on within a half hour," Smith said.

About 20,000 Green Mountain Power Customers were affected by the weekend's storm.  And GMP officials say crews will continue working as fast as possible until all the lights are turned back on.

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