The News Desk is a collection of news, notes and breaking items affecting the Fredericksburg community.
Several hundred NOVEC customers are still without power in Stafford
Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative crews are working to restore power to approximately 15,000 customers, including 337 in Stafford County, as of 1:20 p.m. Tuesday.
At the height of the Hurricane Sandy on Monday night, approximately 32,000 NOVEC customers lost power. Crews working in heavy rain and strong winds restored service to half of these customers by 6:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Mike Curtis, NOVEC vice president of public relations, said that more than 12,000 customers lost power when the storm took out a Dominion Virginia Power transmission line that feeds three NOVEC substations in western Prince William and Loudoun counties.
“We worked with Dominion throughout the night to restore service to the Arcola substation in Loudoun, but we’re being hampered in Prince William by some enormous trees that fell on lines in wooded areas,” he said in a press release.” We’re working to get our heavy equipment into these outage locations. We anticipate having power restored to these substations this afternoon.”
Curtis notes that NOVEC crews, along with crews from North and South Carolina, are working today in Prince William and Loudoun counties, as well as in Fairfax, Fauquier, Clarke, and Stafford counties, and the City of Manassas Park to restore service to all customers.
He cautioned that more power outages may occur and for customers to stay alert.
“The ground is soaked,” Curtis said. “Tree roots could give way and cause more trees to fall on power lines. We may also have strong gusts of wind that could cause additional damage.”
He also reminded people to stay away from downed power lines.
“If you see a tree or debris on the ground, don’t try to move it without making sure there isn’t a power line under it. Always assume a line is energized and deadly. Walking on wet ground anywhere near a live line can be fatal,” Curtis said. “If you see one, call NOVEC at 703-335-0500 or 888-335-0500 immediately!”