Flooding and freezing rain were not what we had hoped for to kick off the New Year, but Mother Nature seems to have other plans. Take steps now to prepare for possible outages as a low pressure front moves into parts of the REC service area late Thursday and into Friday, New Year’s Day.
Forecasters caution the front could bring flooding rains, followed by freezing rains in the higher elevations in the counties of Clarke, Warren, Fauquier, Rappahannock, Madison and Greene. It is predicted that some of these areas could see up to a quarter inch of ice, which can wreak havoc on trees and power lines.
REC crews are on standby to respond to any outages that might occur, and we urge member-owners to prepare now, as well.
Make sure you have flashlights and fresh batteries. Also gather extra blankets and additional layers of clothing in case they are needed, and charge all electronics such as cell phones.
For more tips on how to prepare, please visit myrec.coop/stormprep. Other steps you can take now:
• Bookmark REC’s website to report an outage or to find the latest on restoration efforts. You also can sign up to receive Outage Text Alerts: myrec.coop/outagecenter.
• Remember that you can use your smart phone to report an outage at myrec.coop/out. You also can report an outage in MyREC SmartHub.
• If someone in your home requires electricity for a serious medical condition, identify an alternate location with power that you can rely on during an outage.