Dominion Virginia Power restores power to 86 percent of 1 million who lost power
- July 3, 2012
Dominion Virginia Power said Tuesday that power has been restored to more than 860,000 customers, or 86 percent of the 1 million people who lost electric service following a weekend of severe storms. The company’s initial goal had been to get power to 80 to 85 percent of its customers by the end of today.
The company expects to restore service to 90 to 95 percent of affected customers by Thursday night, and virtually all remaining customers by Saturday night. However, in areas of the most-severe damage, service may not be restored fully until Sunday.
“We understand how challenging the situation can be for our customers without power, and we thank them for their patience,” Rodney Blevins, vice president of distribution operations, said in a statement.
The company said more than 5,000 Dominion employees and retirees, contractors and utility crews from 15 states and Canada will continue working through the Fourth of July holiday and around the clock to complete the restoration. So far crews, working from 900 bucket trucks, have finished repairs at more than 7,600 of the 16,000-plus individual work locations caused by the storms.
In an update Tuesday on Virginia’s recovery from the weekend storms, Gov. Bob McDonnell said all of the state’s hospitals were back on grid power. With 286,000 customers still without power, he urged residents to check on family and neighbors as an intense heat spells continues into the Fourth of July holiday.
Altogether, Virginia saw 11 storm-related fatalities: two in Albemarle County, two in Bedford County, one in Chesapeake, three in Fairfax County, one in Loudoun County, one in Montgomery County and one in Roanoke.