February 14, 2006
This week's ice storm knocked out lights across the Commonwealth.
Wednesday morning, Dominion Power had over 60,000 customers without electricity. By the afternoon, the company had that number down to about 35,000 across the state.
Ice is to blame for the outages. It weighs down trees, which fall on lines, or weigh down lines themselves, thus knocking out power.
In Crozet, a tree fell on a line causing it and the pole to spark and smoke.
Crews hope to have Crozet's power restored, along with the rest of central Virginia, by Thursday night.
By Wednesday afternoon, 350 customers in the central Virginia were still in the dark. Dominion's Dan Genest tells us, they expect a remaining 200 will still have lights out on Thursday.
"We have one section up on Afton Mountain, where we have about 200 customers out. Those are being fed by a line that comes over from Waynesboro and the problem is on that side of the mountain where the ice damage is a lot worse," Genest explained. "So we aren't sure we'll get those guys back on tonight. But we are pretty sure we will get the other 150 on by then."
The other power source in the area, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, is also having problems. They say they it has been a constant battle keeping the ice off of their lines. Wednesday morning, the company reported 23,000 customers without power.
Both power companies say they are working as fast as they can to restore power.