The News Desk is a collection of news, notes and breaking items affecting the Fredericksburg community.
Utilities making progress in restoring power
There is some good news on the power outage front.
At this time Saturday morning, more than 100,000 Fredericksburg-area homes and businesses were without power after violent thunderstorms swept through the region Friday night.
This morning, the number has dropped to a little over 48,000.
That will not provide comfort to the people still roasting in homes without air conditioning, but utilities crews are making progress. (Good news: The Massad YMCA’s water park on Butler Road in Stafford will reopen at noon Sunday. Curtis Park and Woodlands pools also will reopen Sunday. All three pools will be open until 6 p.m.)
In Stafford County, more than 60,000 homes and businesses had no power Saturday morning. That number is a little over 19,000 Sunday morning for customers of Dominion Virginia Power and the Rappahannock, Northern Virginia and Northern Neck electric cooperatives.
After Stafford, Fauquier, Orange and Culpeper have the most homes and businesses without power.
Dominion has released a list of where its crews in the Fredericksburg area will be concentrating today:
Aquia Drive & Schooner Drive
Belle Plains Road & Newton Road
Bells Hill Road @ Oak Drive
Courthouse Road east, front of elementary school
Cranes Corner off of Diechman Lane
Delaware Drive at Trans line
Harpoon Drive at Trans line
Jeff Davis Highway & Eskimo Hill Road
Jefferson Davis @ Acadia Street
Riverview Drive @ Marin King George
Rt. 696, intersection w/ Rt 218
Toluca Road off Garrisonville Road
Aquia Drive & Potomac Drive
Courthouse Rd east of Winding Crk Elem
Garrisonville Rd @ Joshua Rd
Pewter Ln off Brafferton Blvd
Lambs Creek Road south of Turkey Acres
Rt 650 @ Pomeray Drive
Graham Park Road @ Wayside Drive
Culpeper St @ Brookshire Dr
Culpeper Rd north of Oak Shade Rd
–Betty Hayden Snider