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SVEC Continues Working to Restore Service

Posted: Updated: March 8, 2013 01:41 PM EST

Shenandoah Electric Cooperative
Press Release

MT. CRAWFORD – A winter storm's trek through the Valley Tuesday night and most of the day Wednesday caused outages in the City of Winchester and the counties of Augusta, Frederick, Highland, Page, Rockingham, Shenandoah, and Warren within Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative's (SVEC) service region.  As of 11:00 a.m., approximately 218 members are without power in the SVEC service area. Please find an approximation of the outages, by locality, listed below:

Augusta: 53

Page: 46

Rockingham: 114

As Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative (SVEC) continues efforts to complete power restoration to all members, some different steps are necessary to meet the challenges associated with remaining service outages.  As a result, as these efforts continue, the number of outages may fluctuate as crews work to restore service.  Additionally, during an event such as this, "blinking" of lights may occur.

Today, service is expected to be restored to those members that were affected by the system that moved through the area Tuesday and Wednesday.  With the number of members affected, SVEC has brought in additional manpower, including crews from 13 cooperatives, and a contractor, from Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Ohio, and West Virginia.  In total, SVEC has approximately 400 men and women working to restore electric service.  "We will continue working, as quickly and safely as possible, until power is restored to all members," SVEC President & CEO Myron Rummel said.  "We cannot express enough how much we appreciate members' patience during this time."

Please contact Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative if you do not have power, even if you have called before.  It is very important that the Cooperative knows where each outage is, as the restoration efforts continue.  Call SVEC at 1-800-234-7832.  It is more effective for SVEC to know where all outages are located. Do not make any attempts

to clear trees or other debris from power lines.  Note the location, and any other important information regarding

these situations, and contact SVEC.  Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative will work to ensure that power is restored as soon as possible. As a reminder, individuals are encouraged to avoid contact with downed power lines.

Chartered in 1936, SVEC serves approximately 90,000 meters in the counties of Augusta, Clarke, Frederick, Highland, Page, Rockingham, Shenandoah, and Warren and the city of Winchester in Virginia. Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative was the first electric cooperative chartered in Virginia.

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