Dominion Virginia Power sending help, flights canceled

By Tara Morgan - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - You may need some patience if you're flying out of Richmond Wednesday. The monster ice and snow storm is wreaking havoc on flights at RIC. But that's not the only impact on central Virginia.

Dominion Virginia Power is planning to send help to some of the hardest hit states. I'm told some of the contract crews left Tuesday night and some may take off Wednesday. As far as travel goes, people I caught up with consider themselves lucky.

More red than white on the departure and arrival boards at Richmond International Airport. Not a good sign if you're traveling. More than fifty cancellations on this day, mainly flights to and from Chicago, Cleveland, Boston and New York. Already, nearly three dozen cancellations are expected Wednesday.

B.J.McNally caught a flight to Richmond from Milwaukee.

"They were shutting down the airport. I think I got the last U.S. Airways flight out of Milwaukee," said McNally.

Genesis Chapman welcomed his wife home. He left Chicago Monday just in time.

"It was pretty crowded and it seemed like there was a lot of hustle and bustle to get out of Chicago when the getting was good," said Chapman.

Greyhound expected four delays to the Northeast, but the terminal manager said the busses did get on the road. On this night, there are some headed into the storm's path.

Dominion Virginia Power said 80 contract crews are ready to lend a helping hand to neighboring Allegheny Power which serves Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

A rough road ahead for some whether they're working or traveling. Others, like McNally, who dodged Mother Nature's wrath, can now rest easy.

(So when you finally got on your seat what were you thinking?) "Yay, I get to see my daughter, yay," said McNally.

At last check, there were 30 flights canceled at RIC. It's always best to call ahead.

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