Power Companies Work Around the Clock to Restore Power
Power crews across the commonwealth are working around the clock to restore electricity. On Sunday, Dominion is preparing thousands of customers in central Virginia to be without power until at least the middle of the week.
Dominion Virginia Power director Brett Crable said, "Outside of major hurricanes, this is the largest event that we've ever had in our 100-year history."
Friday night's storms left two-thirds of Dominion Virginia customers in Albemarle and Charlottesville still without power Sunday morning.
Travis Dotson, the manager of Topeka's Restaurant said, "it was 99 degrees inside my house, absolutely just insane."
Dominion crews are working overtime at 40 different locations Sunday in Albemarle and Charlottesville alone. Crable stated, "We're gonna work day and night."
Tonya Femming lives in Crozet - one of the hardest hit spots by Friday's storm. Having no power in humid heat has effected her son's health.
"My son who has asthma, I had to send him to a friend's house in Charlottesville," she explained.
Charlottesville and Albemarle customers aren't the only ones in the "power waiting line." "All of the power companies have their hands full," said Dotson.
Some houses off Sunset Drive in Waynesboro are stranded by a power line obstacle and waiting for assistance. But Dominion assures customers that help is on the way. "We're bringing in contractors from all over the united states and the effort will be equal to that that we had for Hurricane Irene," explained Crable.
In the meantime, people across central Virginia are persevering through the prolonged outage with "power" alternatives.
Dotson said, "I was actually looking forward to coming to work today." Flemming added, "We're gonna drive around and see if we can find some fans."
Dominion says crews are focusing on getting power back to hospitals, reservoirs and cooling centers first. The company hopes to have 80 to 85 percent of power restored by Tuesday and all customers back online by Saturday.
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