REC’s Restoration Efforts Continue After Devastating Storm

A major storm downed power lines in Essex County.A severe storm downed many power lines throughout Essex County Wednesday night.

Feb. 25, 2016

REC crews worked through the night to restore power to more than 8,000 members who lost electricity during last night’s powerful storms. With the exception of about 300 outages in Essex County - where the storms caused devastating damage - all other outages have been restored.

In the area just outside of Tappahannock, approximately 280 members remain without power. That region sustained widespread, significant destruction during the storm.

“Our thoughts are with members who sustained damage or injuries as a result of last night’s storm,” said Ricky Bywaters, REC’s Manager of Eastern Region. “Homes were destroyed, and lives were disrupted. Our crews are working as quickly and safely as possible to restore power - and some sense of normalcy - to this hard-hit community,”

Line crews are working to replace many broken poles and rebuilding several spans of line. It is a monumental task. REC brought in crews from its Culpeper and Blue Ridge offices - as well as from Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative - to help with restoration efforts today.

Right-of-way crews began clearing debris last night, so linemen could safely reach the damaged areas. Our concentration for the remainder of the day will be to restore power to members in the Mount Landing Road community. We anticipate restoration efforts to continue through this evening.

In the meantime, REC reminds members to stay away from downed power lines.

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.

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Photos: Wednesday night's storm caused significant damage in Essex County, where it downed power lines, broke poles and displaced transformers.

Downed Power Lines

Broken Pole and Damaged Transformer

Downed Power Poles