Damage Assessment and Restoration Efforts Under way
As of 4 p.m. REC has restored power to approximately 7,000 members who lost their electric service this afternoon. Line crews are assessing the damage caused by the violent wind and rains that moved through our service area over the last several hours. Restoration efforts are under way, but with the significant damage that we are uncovering full restoration may take multiple days. REC urges its members and the public to stay safe in these hazardous conditions. Approximately 14,000 members are still without power.
"Damage has occurred at many points along our distribution system with the most significant damage in the counties of Orange, Spotsylvania, Culpeper and Fauquier," said Ernest Young, REC's director of operations and construction services. "Repairs must begin with major facilities such as substations and main circuits that supply power to distribution lines serving the largest number of customers. Critical public safety facilities are also a restoration priority. We then move to repairing smaller lines and restoring power to individual homes."
Safety is always a top priority for our employees and members. Downed power lines and trees touching the lines are extremely dangerous. Please be on the lookout for downed lines and be aware that hazardous conditions may exist in the aftermath of this storm. If you see a downed line, report it by contacting REC or 911 and be sure to keep others away from the line. Please also remember to turn off all major appliances that may have been operating when the power outage occurred.
One of the strengths of an electric cooperative system is the mutual assistance given to one another when needed. When a cooperative system is affected by a devastating storm, hurricane, or other disaster, there is a network of cooperatives to assist when called upon. REC has reached out to other cooperatives that did not experience any damage from this storm.
To report a power outage, please call 1-800-552-3904 or visit www.myrec.coop and report your outage online using your smartphone. If the cause of the damage is evident, and you are reporting your outage by phone, please provide information concerning cause and location to the member service representative. Callers with no additional information are encouraged to choose the automated reporting option.
REC provides electric service to over 161,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, Va., Rappahannock operates and maintains more than 16,000 miles of power lines through its service area, which ranges from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay. For information about REC, please visit us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or our website, www.myrec.coop.
Strong storms toppled trees and downed power lines.