Electrical outage affects 1,700 in 3 towns

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SHAFTSBURY— Over 1,700 Green Mountain Power customers were left in the dark Tuesday afternoon after a power outage affected three Bennington County towns for just over an hour.

According to Green Mountain Power spokesperson Dorothy Schnure, the outage was caused when a fuse blew at the company's substation in South Shaftsbury. While most affected customers were Shaftsbury residents, 159 customers in Bennington and 33 in Arlington were affected as well.

Schnure said the power went out just after 2 p.m. Tuesday and was restored just after 3 p.m.

"It was really quick," she said of the restoration effort.

It is unclear whether the broken fuse was related to the extreme heat in the region.

"Our first focus is getting the power restored, and then we'll try to determine the cause," Schnure said.

Christie Wisniewski can be reached at cwisniewski@benningtonbanner.com and at 802-447-7567, ext. 111.


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