Power restoration efforts continue throughout Virginia

Published: Jan. 4, 2022 at 12:39 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 7, 2022 at 10:03 PM EST
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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Thousands of Virginians are still left in the dark after Monday’s winter storm, desperately waiting for crews to clear downed trees and get the power back on.

In Louisa County alone, 45 percent are without power. That includes outages from all three electric companies that serve that area. A spokesperson for Dominion Energy hopes nearly all their customers there will have their power restored by Friday night.

Overall, crews have made significant progress with the outages; lineworkers from co-ops in Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana and Pennsylvania were brought in to assist.

Crews work to restore power.
Crews work to restore power.(Rappahannock Electric Co-op)

Rappahannock Electric says crews continue to assess the damage and make repairs throughout the area. Customers could be without power through the end of the week.

The company took a direct hit Monday with power knocked out to 90,000 of its customers at one point.

As of Friday evening, more than 18,000 customers remain in the dark.

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative Outage Map

While Dominion is still reporting more than 8,000 customers without power throughout Virginia, they are now down to less than 1,000 in the metro Richmond area.

In total, around 400,000 Dominion Energy customers experienced outages, making it one of the five worst winter storms for Dominion in the state.

Areas around Charlottesville and Fredericksburg are particularly impacted by the worst damage and treacherous road conditions. Crews will continue to work around the clock to restore power.

“This storm is different, in the fact that this is a snow we don’t experience in Virginia very much,” Dominion Energy’s Dustin Sadler said. “It adds some more logistical challenges where we’re having to cut our way in and out of a job location.”

Dominion Energy Outage Map

Central Virginia Electric Cooperative is reporting 3,397 customers without power. Twenty-six percent of the company’s customers in Goochland are still without power as of 10 p.m. Friday.

Crews work to restore power.
Crews work to restore power.(Rappahannock Electric Co-op)
Central Virginia Electric Cooperative Outage Map

In the Northern Neck, there are just below 20 people without power Friday night.

Northern Neck Electric Cooperative Outage Map

According to Southside Electric, crews have restored power to all customers by Friday morning.

Southside Electric Cooperative Outage Map

This is a developing story - keep checking back for the latest updates.

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