With the power back on at the majority of its members’ homes and businesses, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) continues to commit all available resources to addressing the damage caused by Wednesday’s powerful snowstorm. And that full-scale effort will continue throughout the night with the goal of fully restoring electricity on Friday.
At the height of the storm nearly 20,000 REC members were without electricity, but that number has been reduced to 2,300 as of 6 p.m. Thursday. Significant progress was made overnight Wednesday as Cooperative personnel focused their efforts on portions of the distribution system that serve large numbers of members – components such as substations and main circuits.
REC’s outage reporting website lists 228 Clarke County meters and an additional 12 Berryville meters still without power as of 7:00 pm EST..
On Thursday work turned to the more labor-intensive effort of repairing tap lines and individual service lines. In addition to REC work crews and contract right-of-way resources, the restoration work has been bolstered by help from sister cooperatives Community Electric Co-op, Mecklenburg Electric Co-op and Prince George Electric Co-op.
As members still without electricity make necessary arrangements for tonight, REC is conscious of the inconveniences caused by a loss of power. “Employees are working around the clock to restore electric service to our members as safely and as quickly as possible”, said Ann Lewis, director of public relations for REC, “and any remaining outages are the result of some challenging conditions. We thank our members for their patience and understanding.”
Anyone still without power who notices that nearby neighbors’ lights are back on are encouraged to call REC for further investigation. The Cooperative’s contact center will be fully staffed throughout the night on Thursday. Members may also get outage information by visiting the Outage Center of www.myrec.coop.