MONTPELIER (AP) -- As Vermont utility crews finish repairing lines brought down in last weekend's ice storm, they're also dealing with new outages, though the total has fallen below 500 homes and businesses.

The Vermont Electric Coop started Friday with about 250 new outages, most of them in Fairfield and Fletcher. The company also will be initiating short outages during the next several days to give crews a chance to safely make repairs to damaged lines and help prevent future outages.

The website also reports about 150 outages among customers of the Enosburg Falls Water and Light Department.

Gov. Peter Shumlin has asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency to assess damage in the Champlain Valley and northern Vermont counties to determine if they would be eligible for federal help for storm cleanup.