With thousands of people without power due to the ice storm, crews are working to get the lights back on. The workers are dealing with an overnight ice buildup that tore down power lines across central Virginia.
Most of the outages can be blamed on tree limbs weighed down by ice falling on power lines and tearing those down with them. Utility trucks are responding to reports of outages that came in overnight and as people woke up to no power Monday morning.
Dominion brought in extra crews ahead of Sunday’s storm. Right now there are clusters of outages in Keswick and Ivy, each with several hundred customers without power.
Stan Blackwell of Dominion Virginia Power stated, "I would ask customers have patience. We are working very hard to get all power restored for most of our customers by this evening and will have a handful that may carry overnight."
The power companies are reminding you to stay away from downed power lines and call to have the professionals safely clear those.
As of Monday night, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative had about 3,187 customers without power. Crews are still assessing the damage and making repairs with help from utility companies in Georgia and other parts of Virginia.