Appalachian Power reports all customers in Virginia have power now

Nearly 700 are still without power in Amherst County.

July 11, 2012|Web Staff
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Dominion Virginia Power says power should be restored to its customers in Rockbridge County, Covington, Clifton Forge, the Charlottesville area and most of the Shenandoah Valley by Saturday night. The utility says it has restored power to more than 1 million customers during the past six days, or 98 percent of those who lost service.

Here is Appalachian Power's restoration timeline:

Thursday night, July 5: Floyd, Smyth and Tazewell counties.

Friday night, July 6: Carroll, Giles, Grayson, Montgomery, Pulaski and Wythe counties.

Saturday night, July 7: Albermarle, Amherst, Bedford, Botetourt, Campbell, City of Lynchburg, Franklin, Henry, Nelson, Patrick, Pittsylvania and Roanoke counties and Roanoke City.


According to Governor McDonnell, about 107,300 customers in Virginia are still without power following Friday's devastating storms.

McDonnell said additional crews are being brought in to the commonwealth.

“Virginia continues to recover from last week’s historic storms,” Governor McDonnell wrote in a news release. “This recovery effort depends upon all Virginians working together.”
Twelve people were killed from storm-related injuries in Friday's storms.


As of 11 a.m. Thursday, 77,188 Appalachian Power customers were still without power for the sixth straight day.

Despite the July 4th holiday Wednesday, workers were able to make a lot of progress. Power was restored to about 47,000 customers.

Dominion Virginia Power says almost all of its customers have their power back.

That company was able to restore power to roughly 50,000 homes and businesses Wednesday.

In all, about 95 percent of Dominion's customers are back on the grid. As of 11 a.m. Thursday, 27,524 customers were still without power.

The problem areas are in Rockbridge, Alleghany, and Botetourt Counties, where things should hopefully be fixed by Friday.

Appalachian Power's outages include more than 18,000 customers without power in Lynchburg. In the City of Roanoke, 10,641 customers are still without power.


In a live interview on WDBJ7 at 6 Wednesday, Appalachian Power president Charles Patton said the company still expects to have its customers' power restored by the deadlines the company has set.

Earlier Wednesday, Appalachian Power spokesperson Jeri Matheney said the utility was unsure that it could meet those deadlines.

To meet those deadlines, Patton said Appalachian Power will bring in 750 more workers Thursday.

"We are holding to our original forecast," Patton said. "We do believe that we will be able to get power restored to the bulk of our customers by this weekend. In order to ensure that, we are securing another 750 workers who will be on the property (Thursday)."

Click here to watch Patton's interview.

As of 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, 97,307 Appalachian Power customers in Virginia were without power. Additionally, 25,003 Dominion Virgina Power customers were without power, as of 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

Here are the restoration estimates that Appalachian Power has set:

Thursday night, July 5 – Floyd, Smyth, Tazewell counties

Friday night, July 6 - Bland, Carroll, Giles, Grayson, Montgomery, Pulaski and Wythe counties

Saturday night, July 7 - Albermarle, Amherst, Bedford, Botetourt, Campbell, City of Lynchburg, Franklin, Henry, Nelson, Patrick, Pittsylvania and Roanoke counties and City of Roanoke.

As for other area utilities, all power has been restored to customers of the Radford Electrical System.

Danville Utilities says it has restored power to 97 percent of its customers affected by Friday's storm. As of 2 p.m. Sunday, about 400 customers were without service.

The Central Virginia Electric Cooperative still has 151 customers without power.


Appalachian Power says the good news is power has been restored to half of its customers that had been without power.

The bad news? Appalachian Power says it's not sure if it can meet the deadlines it has set to restore power.

"We are worried about making the deadlines that we have set because we are finding so much damage," Appalachian Power spokesperson Jeri Matheney said in an interview on WDBJ7 at Noon.

Matheney said on the 4th of July holiday, they have 3,000 people working. Those crews are finding a lot of damage.

"There is just multiple problems, even for one customer. There might be several things that have to be repaired before that customer is back," Matheney said. "We are just concerned about that, that is one of our biggest issues that we are trying to deal with is 'Wow, the damage is so bad.'"

Matheney said they have 500 poles they have to replace, and that number is likely going to grow.

"There is just so much damage," Matheney said.

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