The News Desk is a collection of news, notes and breaking items affecting the Fredericksburg community.
Update from Rappahannock Electric Cooperative
Fredericksburg, Va. – As of 5 p.m., 3,100 REC members remain without power as a result of last Friday night’s storms. REC will continue working through the July 4th holiday to restore service to those remaining without power. Anyone still without power should call the Cooperative to make sure we have the most up-to-date information. REC personnel will remain available to receive calls 24 hours every day until all service is restored.
“While we are pleased to have restored power to the vast majority of our members affected by Friday’s storms, we remain focused on those still without electricity.” said Tim C. Martin, REC’s vice president of engineering and operations. “Our crews recognize the hardship endured by our members living without power, especially in this heat. They’ve done a tremendous job under very difficult conditions to get people’s lives back to normal.”
There are over 800 locations currently identified with damage and more are being found. Many of those repairs will require significant time consuming effort, yet each will restore service to only a few members. REC, assisted by linemen from other cooperatives and contractors, continues to remove trees, replace broken poles, and repair downed lines. Doing this work safely remains a priority.
REC requested reinforcements from other cooperatives and contract crews coming from Maryland, Delaware, Georgia, North Carolina, Mississippi and in Virginia. They have joined REC crews working around the clock.
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. Outage updates will be provided on the Cooperative’s website, www.myrec.coop, Facebook and Twitter.