REC Crews Continue to Restore Power
Intense thunderstorms moved through REC's service territory Saturday evening causing more than 10,000 power outages throughout the service territory. Line crews and contractors worked Saturday night and Sunday to repair damage to lines caused by downed trees. As of 4 p.m. there are less than 400 outages mainly in the areas of Spotsylvania, Caroline, Hanover and Louisa counties.
Ricky Bywaters, REC's Bowling Green district manager said, "Our crews are battling extreme heat conditions today as they work through significant damage such as broken poles and downed lines. Most of the major lines have been repaired, which restores large numbers of outages at once. Many of the remaining repairs will require the same amount of work, but will restore fewer services."
Safety is always a top priority for REC employees and members. "Many of our crews worked over night to restore power to our members," added Bywaters. "In order to keep restoration underway to restore power to members as quickly and safely as possible, crews from REC’s Culpeper and Blue Ridge districts traveled to assist with restoration. Mutual aid crews from Choptank and Community Electric Cooperative have also joined forces with us to assist."
With crews continuing to make repairs, REC encourages members to take precautions as well during the extreme heat conditions. In addition, 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.
If you have not reported your power out to REC please do so. Especially if you notice the homes around you have power. To report a power outage, please call 1-800-552-3904 or report your outage online. Outages updates are available in the Outage Center, in addition to Facebook and Twitter.
REC provides electric service to nearly 160,000 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.