Some 20,000 Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative customers are now out of the dark after crews repaired lines damaged by downed branches caused by a wintry one-two punch that moved through the area.
As of noon Tuesday, Dec. 10 just 1,460 NOVEC customers were still without power, Priscilla knight, spokeswoman for NOVEC said.
Just over 500 of those customers are in Prince William County and another 134 in Fairfax County, according to the NOVEC website.
“We are working as
quickly and safely as possible,” said Larry Shaffer, vice president of System Operations for NOVEC. “Snow is making our task more difficult today, but our crews are determined to
get the lights and heat back on for our customers as soon as possible.”
Some customers may lose power today as heavy wet snow coats trees and branches already encased in ice, he added.
“We’ve got a double whammy of back-to-back storms,” Shaffer says. “Monday’s ice storm weakened trees and branches, including those outside of NOVEC’s right-of-way corridors. Adding snow could bring more trees down on power lines today.”
What Do I Do If my Power Goes Out?
· Report outages to NOVEC by calling 703-335-0500 or 1-888-335-0500. Or through novec.com or novec.com/mobile.