REC Continues Power Restoration Efforts

June 17, 2016

As of 4:30 p.m.,REC crews have restored power to approximately 85 percent of the members who lost electricity during last night's powerful storms. About 1,700 members remain without electricity. More than 145 separate outage locations are yet to be repaired. Crews will continue to work around the clock in 16 hour shifts until all power is restored.

The strong winds downed trees and broke dozens of electric poles. Replacing each pole is a time consuming and labor intensive activity, which is complicated by difficult terrain and muddy ground conditions.

REC’s crews are being assisted by contractors and crews from Northern Neck, Community, Choptank, Prince George, Delaware and BARC electric cooperatives.

Many of the remaining outage repairs are expected to be completed by nightfall. Some outages may not be restored until during the day Saturday, especially those in the heavily damaged areas of Warren, Hanover, Louisa and Goochland counties.

REC encourages everyone to be safe and follow these simple guidelines:

  • 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.