"We're kind of
hanging out waiting," said Rob Hunter of Frog Hollow.
Frog Hollow on
Burlington's Church Street is filled with beautiful Vermont arts and crafts.
You just couldn't really see them Thursday morning.
"Can't really open up
because we have so many fragile things," Hunter said. "And the
gallery is a little dark in the back."
Just a bit before 10 a.m.,
the lights went out here and in several other parts of the city.
"We had a major
outage in the Hill Section down through the downtown area. A little over 460 customers were involved," said Mary Sullivan of
the Burlington Electric Department.
Burlington Electric crews
scrambled to find the problem. And it wasn't easy because it was underground.
"It's more difficult
to find them. They're rarer than they are on the overhead, but when it happens
it just takes longer to pinpoint the problem," Sullivan said.
They eventually narrowed
it down, locating the problem: a broken line knocked out power. We spotted
smoke coming out of a utility manhole just off Main Street.
"It could have just
been, you know, cable fatigue, age of the cable. They didn't think it was
anything particularly unusual," Sullivan explained.
But it was an unusual day
at work for the folks at Monelle on the Marketplace.
"Yeah, it's just a
shame because, you know, it's just after the holidays and getting ready for the
spring/summer thing, so it would be nice to have some people in. But
unfortunately power outages mean no credit card machines, no register and
obviously it's a little chilly in here, too," said Regan Torney of
So, the outage put a
freeze on sales for a couple of hours at some of those downtown shops.
"We're trying to set
up a show, but that's been delayed a little bit, as well," Hunter said.
"You know, a pretty
good inconvenience for a lot of people in that downtown section of the
city," Sullivan said. "So, we really apologize for any inconvenience
it caused, but our crews did get on it as fast as possible."
Locating the problem line
underground is more challenging for crews. But Burlington Electric says the
benefit of underground lines is that outages happen less frequently.
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