Press Release From Dominion Virginia Power and Dominion North Carolina Power
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Dominion crews in Virginia and North Carolina are assessing damage and working with local emergency personnel today to return electrical service to 1.2 million customers, focusing first on public health and safety facilities. The Hurricane Irene restoration effort is the company's second largest behind only Hurricane Isabel.
As of 10:30p.m., Dominion Virginia Power is reporting there are 313,154 customers in the Richmond Metro area without power, and more than 712,726 without power in Virginia. Report an outage 1-866-366-4357.
"We are helping local officials restore the critical services that help keep our communities safe," said Rodney Blevins, vice president of distribution operations for Dominion Virginia Power and Dominion North Carolina Power. "We have begun the restoration process following the extensive damage brought by Hurricane Irene."
By noon Monday, Dominion expects to complete the assessment of damage and have an estimate of when restoration for all customers will be complete.
More than 6,000 line workers and support personnel will be involved in restoring power, including line workers from utilities from Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina and South Carolina. Dominion is working closely with state emergency management and transportation officials.
Motorists are reminded to help protect personnel on the roadside making emergency repairs by moving over from the lane nearest them and slowing down until they pass the repair site.
Priority is given to repairing circuits serving hospitals, water pumping stations, police and fire departments and other emergency locations. As critical infrastructure circuits are restored, efforts focus on restoring power to the greatest number of customers in the shortest amount of time.
Storm restoration information is available online at http://www.dom.com/storm-center/index.jsp. An outage information map is available on Dominion's website at http://www.dom.com/storm-center/dominion-electric-outage-map.jsp.
If your electricity is interrupted:
The Northern Neck Electric Cooperative started this morning with 16,796 without power after Hurricane Irene. This evening 14,047 members are still without electricity. NNEC linemen and contractor crews are working to restore power at this time. Broken poles and trees on power lines are scattered throughout NNEC's system.
NNEC President and CEO Greg White explained the restoration process, "Our first priority will be getting all the transmission circuits up and then feeders with critical loads such as sewer facilities, water plants, and nursing homes. We will then spread these workers throughout our system restoring the main circuits and then the taps and services."
A look at Southside Electric Cooperative's outage map shows nearly 11,350 people without power.
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