Dominion Virginia Power expects to restore service by nightfall on March 8 for more than 95 percent of customers whose power was disrupted by a severe winter storm this week.
The storm brought up to 18 inches of heavy, wet snow as well as high winds and rain to much of Dominion’s service area.
More than 4,700 Dominion employees and contractors, including 500 from out-of-state, are working around the clock and will continue to do so until all service is restored.
The company said the pace of storm restoration would vary by area based on the extent of damage and accessibility.
As of 11 a.m. March 7, service had been restored to about 180,000 – or 78 percent – of the 230,000 customers affected by the storm. Outage restoration essentially has been completed in the Virginia suburbs nearest to Washington, and most other areas will have power restored by March 8. Restoration will continue into March 9 in the hardest-hit areas surrounding Charlottesville and the Shenandoah Valley.