Power being restored after outages in Central VA in freezing temps

Power being restored after outages in Central VA in freezing temps

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The number of Dominion customers without power continued to drop Friday evening to just more than 1,000 by 4:30 p.m.

The total was down steeply from the  thousands who woke up without power during one of the coldest mornings in years in the area. By afternoon the greatest concentrations were in Chesterfield and Richmond with around 400 customers affected each and around 250 in New Kent, as well.

Dominion confirms the outages are all weather-related. At one point the number of outages was closer to 5,000 before service began getting restored.

Merrell Childress's thick winter jacket  is solid proof that the bitter cold weather is having a lasting impact on her Stoneman Road home. She and thousands throughout Central Virginia woke up without power.

No power for many like Childress and neighbor Freedom Bottoms means no heat.

"I'm kind of cold, everything here is electric so I'm out of everything," Merrell Childress said.

Bottoms is helping care for an elderly family friend in the cold.

"Its been stressful, I just want to make sure we are going to have power here, at least within the next 30 minutes I hope," Freedom Bottoms said.

We caught up with Dominion crews working to restore power this morning. The crews worked to replace two transformers in Henrico County.

Le-Ha Anderson with Dominion says extra crews were brought in today to help manage power outages brought on by freezing temperatures.

"Our crews are working very hard in very cold temperatures but they are prepared and are trained to work in these types of conditions," Le-Ha Anderson said.

Because of this week's winter storm Anderson says crews have been extremely busy and that load won't be lighter anytime soon with more winter weather on tap for this weekend.

"We will have people in place and we will be able to respond quickly and safely," said Anderson.

Back on Stoneman Road residents are holding their coats and blankets tighter, eagerly waiting for power to be restored.

"I pray everybody stays well," Childress said.

"If your power goes out you need to report that outage as soon as possible, as for this weekend with inclement weather their will be extra crews on hand to help out.

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