REC Crews Complete Power Restoration
June 20, 2016
REC crews worked nonstop through Saturday night to restore power to more than 18,000 members who lost electric service in Thursday night's storm.
By Saturday morning, that number was down to under 500. All outages were restored by about 9 p.m. Saturday evening.
Immediately after the storm, REC focused much of its resources to work with local emergency officials and the Virginia Department of Transportation to clear roads and address emergencies.
The strong winds downed trees and broke dozens of electric poles. Replacing those poles was a time-consuming and labor-intensive activity, which was complicated by difficult terrain and muddy ground conditions. In many cases, REC's right-of-way teams had to clear paths so our line crews could reach damaged equipment. As always, safety was REC's top priority.
REC secures mutual aid agreements in advance of dangerous weather. As a result, REC line crews were assisted by contractors and line crews from Northern Neck, Community, Choptank, Prince George, Delaware, Shenandoah Valley, Northern Virginia, Southside and BARC electric cooperatives. Some of those crews arrived as early as 6 a.m. Friday, and they worked in the areas hardest hit by the storm: in Hanover, Louisa and Goochland counties, and Warren County along I-66 and between Linden and Front Royal.
REC provides electric service to over 161,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, Va., the Cooperative 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. Follow REC on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.