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Local crews prepare for Tropical Storm Isaias

Published: Aug. 4, 2020 at 6:31 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 5, 2020 at 7:49 AM EDT
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - Crews in our region are busy preparing for Isaias. The storm moved into our region Tuesday afternoon, and officials say if you are home, stay put and wait for the storm to pass.

Crews at Green Mountain Power are ready to respond to people left in the dark because of Tropical Storm Isaias. The possibility of strong winds makes that more likely.

“For our customers what that means is it’s increasing the possibility for outages because of strong, gusty winds could take down trees and power lines,” said Kristin Kelly of GMP.

It's something the state is monitoring, as well, and warning you to be careful if you have to drive in the heavy rain and wind.

"When the sun goes down and waters rise, it's very difficult to see when water is on the road," said Erica Bornemann, the director of Vermont Emergency Management.

Bornemann says take the time to be prepared.

"Secure items that are outside to stop them from flying around, charge your batteries for the overnight hours," she advised.

"We are looking at a multi-faceted storm," said Scott Whittier of the National Weather Service in Burlington.

So far it's been dry this year, which reduces the risk of flooding in the state's major rivers which are already low. Whittier says it's the streams and creeks he is worried about.

“It’s the streams, it’s the headwaters of these rivers where more flashier-- that’s the flooding we expect, more of flashier type stuff-- urban flooding and not so much the main rivers,” he said.

Officials also remind you that if you see high water or if water is in the road when you are driving, turn around and don’t drive through it.

You can sign up for GMP text alerts during the storm by clicking here.

Burlington Department of Public Works Director Chapin Spencer says they've been preparing for this storm all week by cleaning off catch basins and preparing wastewater plants.

He believes the city's drains are equipped and ready to handle the amount of water we're expecting.

He says the city has 100 miles of combined stormwater and sewer pipes.

“We have a maintenance plan on how to keep them in good shape,” Spencer said. “It’s one of the pieces out of the sustainable infrastructure plan that we’ve made good progress in replacing and renewing many miles of our pipes underneath our feet to ensure that when we have storm events like this that the water can be efficiently and safely transported.”

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