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Vermonters survey storm damage

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RUTLAND, Vt. -

Thousands in Southern Vermont are dealing with the aftermath of thunderstorms that rolled through the state Thursday evening.

In Poultney at the college green in front of Green Mountain College there is a real mess. There are trees toppled over and there are still crews working. One family who is facing the holiday is having to tell their young children that they cannot return to the place they call home.

Instead of Fourth of July festivities a parade of road crews down Route 30 in Poultney was a corridor of destruction.

In South Poultney, a home was torched. Ken and Jamie Savage had left their home to stay with family Thursday night, when the power in their three unit building went out.

Then, this morning...

"I was at work, got a call said, my house is on fire," said Ken Savage.

Firefighters call the home a total loss and say it was likely caused by electrical issues when the power was turned on again Friday morning and there was a power surge.

Crews from six different towns also face more work ahead of them.

"It looks like pretty much a bomb went off as you drive through," said Chief Tim Kerber, Poultney Fire Department.

Green Mountain Power had more than 200 crews out bringing in additional manpower from other utilities to assist the approximately 20,000 people without power in Southern Vermont starting Thursday.

"Because this is such a targeted area, high hit area we want to get the lights on as soon as possible, so we brought in additional crews from around the region," said Kristin Carlson, Green Mountain Power.

Over in Rutland, crews worked on this multi-family home at the corner of Washington and Nickwackett streets. No one was injured when the tree fell Thursday night, but the two tenants who live there are now staying elsewhere.

Lori Billings joined others looking at the damage.

"It was really crazy," said Billings, Rutland.

Back in Poultney, people who live in the area say despite spending Fourth of July cleaning up and having many events canceled the spirit of the holiday is alive.

"It looked like everybody was helping each other out," said Ron Adams, Fair Haven.

The Savage's face telling their two small children that their home has been lost in a fire, but say they are grateful no one was hurt.

"In shock, for sure, it's not something that you expect. Pretty upsetting, but at least we weren't here," said Jamie Savage.

Green Mountain Power crews are still out working and they say the thousands of people who are still without power may not have power again until Sunday.

Nearly 25,000 homes were in the dark. The worst hit areas are in Rutland and Windsor counties.

Officials tell us if you see a power line down do not go near it, it is not safe, call your utility immediately.

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