Richmond, Va., July 3, 2012 – Power has been restored to more than 760,000 of the 1 million Dominion Virginia Power customers whose electric service was affected by a weekend of severe storms. That is equal to 76 percent of the total affected by the extreme weather, which caused the most significant damage suffered by the company outside of hurricanes.
On July 1, Dominion set a target of restoring service to 80-85 percent of affected customers by the end of the July 3. The company expects to restore service to 90-95 percent of affected customers by July 5, and virtually all remaining customers by July 7 night. However, in areas of the most-severe damage, service may not be restored fully until Sunday.
The pace of restoration work varies by region and the extent of storm damage. In parts of Northern Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley, where the damage was catastrophic in many cases, the repairs will be completed this coming weekend. As work wraps up in other regions, crews will be reassigned to help in the hardest-hit locations.
Dominion now has more than 3,500 employees, contractors and retirees working to restore service. Another 1,500 utility workers from 15 states and Canada have arrived or are on their way to assist, and additional help is being sought.
See a video showing crews arriving and joining the effort here. Crews have finished repairs at more than 7,600 of the 16,000-plus individual work locations caused by the storms.