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REC restores 86 percent of outages, but much work remains
Here’s the latest update from Rappahannock Electric Cooperative:
Fredericksburg, Va. – REC crews working in difficult conditions continue to make significant progress toward restoring power to members affected by last Friday’s severe thunderstorm. Of the initial 68,000 outages, less than 8,700 members are still without power as of 6:30 p.m. today. Most of the remaining outages are in the heavily damaged counties of Culpeper, Fauquier, Greene, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock. With the exception of those localities, the vast majority of outages will likely be restored by end of the day Tuesday. Repairs in the six most severely affected counties may not be complete until the weekend.
Additional assistance is arriving and being deployed to assist REC’s workforce, which has already more than doubled. Linemen are hard at work repairing, and in many cases rebuilding, the REC system. More than 100 poles have already been replaced, and dozens more needing replacement have been identified. Many miles of line have had to be restrung, and much work remains – including removing fallen trees and untangling wires. Restoration efforts will continue around-the-clock until everyone has service.
“While our focus continues to be restoring service to the greatest number of members as quickly and safely as possible,” says David F. Koogler, REC vice president of customer service, “repairs to some lines serving fewer than ten member homes or businesses may not be completed until later in the week. We know being without electricity is a burden, especially in this type of weather. We thank our members for their patience and understanding.”
Weather conditions, including record-breaking temperatures and evening thunderstorms, continue to threaten progress of the restoration efforts. Please check on friends and neighbors, especially the elderly, who may not have electricity. If you are without power, be sure to turn off appliances to prevent them from unexpectedly coming on when service is restored.
To report a power outage, please call 1-800-552-3904 or visit www.myrec.coop and report your outage online. If the cause of the damage is evident, and you are reporting your outage by phone, please provide information concerning cause and location to the customer service representative. Callers with no additional information are encouraged to choose the automated reporting option. Members who rely on a smart phone can also access outage information and report an outage through the Cooperative’s website.
REC provides electric service to over 155,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, Va., Rappahannock maintains more than 16,000 miles of power lines through its service area, which ranges from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay. For information about REC, please visit www.myrec.coop.