Rappahannock Electric Cooperative Aggressively Working to Restore Power

June 17, 2016

As of 7:30 a.m., approximately 3,000 REC members remain without electricity, down from more than 11,000 at the peak of last night's severe storms. Damage is extensive and widespread with several broken poles and trees on the lines, throughout REC’s 22-county service territory. REC’s restoration efforts are well under way as crews worked through the night to repair damaged lines and equipment from the storms. We will also continue to support customer communication by fully staffing the Cooperative’s call center until restoration efforts are complete.

Right-of-way crews are working to clear the path into outage-stricken areas. Much of REC’s service area is rural and difficult to access under normal conditions. The crews will also clear trees and limbs from power lines once linemen are able to reach affected areas.

“Crews have been dispatched to the affected areas and are working to restore service,” said Ann Lewis, director of communications and public relations for REC. “Please be aware that we are working to restore service as quickly and safely as possible and will continue to do so until all service is restored. We appreciate the patience our members are showing as we work to get their lights back on.”

REC offers the following tips:

  • Stay away from all power lines that have fallen. Consider all lines energized, as well as trees or limbs in contact with lines. Please report downed power lines to REC and your local police department.
  • If you are using a portable electric generator, do not connect it directly to household wiring. Power from generators can back feed along power lines and electrocute anyone coming in contact with them, including line workers making repairs.
  • Those without power are urged to exercise extreme caution if using candles for emergency lighting, and to not leave burning candles unattended. They are also urged to cut off air conditioners and other major appliances until after power is restored.
  • 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.