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Dominion Crews Working Non-stop to Restore Power

By: Bianca Spinosa Email
By: Bianca Spinosa Email

June 25, 2010

Dominion Virginia Power crews from all over Virginia are trying to restore power by nightfall Friday.

"The significant amount of customers will be restored by 10 o'clock tonight," said Carl Zatkulak of Dominion. "However, there will be some outages lingering into tomorrow morning."

It might be more than expected. Thursday's storm is one of the worst Dominion has seen. Electrical wires strewn across roads mean extra work before crews can stat repairing lines.

In some cases, the power lines have actually crashed into people's homes.

"Naturally, the first part of this event was to ensure safety for our customers and get the wires out of the road," Zatkulak said.

Power was restored to the Martha Jefferson area around 1 p.m. Friday, but it's taking hours to get to every spot, like the intersection on the corner of Preston Avenue and 14th Street near the University of Virginia.

"When I came down this morning, I saw this hanging there," one passerby said as he was walking his dog, referencing a downed power line. "It's only supported by splinters and wires. People who go through this intersection are playing Russian roulette."

There's not much else to do but walk your dog.

"It's like the old days back in the '50s," the passerby said. "Find someone who has a TV and go see it, go watch the shows."

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