Recovery from tropical storm continues

Published 8:06 pm Saturday, October 13, 2018

Efforts remain underway Saturday to restore power and clear roadways damaged by flooding and downed trees.

Lunenburg County residents took part in a reprieve from Tropical Storm Michael with the Autumn Days festival and the Truck & Tractor Pull that took place in Victoria Saturday.

Outage maps from Dominion Energy and Southside Electric Cooperative (SEC) indicate that outages in Lunenburg remain widespread, with Dominion Energy reporting outages in Victoria and Kenbridge that total in the hundreds and SEC reporting approximately 2,191 outages.

Numerous roadways in Lunenburg remain closed due to flooding, downed trees and washouts. View the latest updates on road conditions by visiting Virginia Department of Transportation’s Road Conditions Table.

Representatives from Southside Electric Cooperative (SEC) said in a news release that as of 5:15 p.m. Saturday there are approximately 14,283 SEC members remain without power after Thursday’s storm.

“At the peak of the severe weather event, over 40,000 members were impacted – roughly 70 percent of SEC’s system,” officials said in a news release, citing that Hurricane Irene in 2011 left 26,000 in SEC’s coverage area without power.

SEC said in a social media post that the teams of crew working to restore power have had obstacles that include numerous downed trees, more than 40 broken poles, miles of downed wire and flooded roads.

To report outages, call (or text if enrolled) SEC at 1-866-878-5514 or (434) 309-2700. View SEC’s outage map here.

Dominion officials said in a news release that the company is working to restore power to approximately 120,000 in the state without power as of 3 p.m. Saturday.

“We expect to have the vast majority of customers’ power restored by the end of the day on Monday,” officials said in a social media post Saturday. “We expect to have individual restoration times for all customers on Sunday morning.

Customers can call 1-866-366-4357 for updates. View Dominion’s outage map here.

Officials said Saturday that the event is now the sixth largest outage in Dominion Energy history.