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REC to restore most remaining outages by Thursday

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative expects to have most outages restored by the end of the day Thursday.

As of 5:40 p.m. Tuesday, only 8,006 of its 151,461 customers in parts of 22 Virginia counties remained without power. Of those, 790 are in Fauquier County, 185 are in Culpeper County and 36 are in Louisa County.

“Some members may still be without power longer [than Thursday] as access to downed lines is proving difficult in certain off-road and mountainous areas,” said Tim Martin, REC’s vice president of engineering and operations, in a press release.

At the peak of the storm 17,700 members were left without electricity. Although faced with difficult working conditions with high winds, rising water and cold temperatures, crews were able to work through the night, and additional personnel reported at 6 a.m. Power has been restored to more than 8,600 homes and businesses through the efforts of crews working today, according to the press release.

Much of REC’s service area is rural and difficult to access under normal conditions. Right-of-way crews continue to clear the paths into highly damaged areas. The crews will also clear trees and limbs from power lines once linemen are able to reach affected areas

REC will also continue to support customer communication by fully staffing its contact center around the clock until restoration efforts are complete. REC is using its contract tree-trimming crews and has brought in additional contract line crews and cooperative personnel from Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama to repair the thousands of outages caused by Hurricane Sandy, the release said.

The cooperative is providing updates on both its website and on the Rappahannock Electric Cooperative Facebook page.