Updated: REC Phone System Inaccessible Due to High Call Volume, 6,000 Without Power in Three Virginia Counties

3:45pm (EST) –The Richmond Times Dispatch is reporting that  Dominion  Virginia Power  has shut down its  two North Anna reactors   as a result of the earthquake, according to the   the company.

The earthquake  was felt at the North Anna Power Station  and the reactor operators, following procedures, shut down the reactors,” said  company spokesman  Jim Norvelle. “It was a manual shutdown.”

The plant declared an alert, the second lowest level of emergency declaration,  a commission spokesman  said.

The  North Anna plant  lost the power from off site that runs the reactors’ cooling systems,  Norvelle  said, but the plant’s four backup diesel generators started as designed.

Officials are assessing the plant for damage, said the NRC’s  Joey Ledford.

“Our  workers are doing a walkdown of the site as we speak,”  Norvelle  said. The  North Anna plant  employs about 1,000 workers,  Dominion Virginia Power  said.

Dominion Virginia Power’s Surry Power Station is operating as normal, he said.

3:30pm (EST) – Members of Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) should be advised that due to local high call volume after today’s earthquake, there is a delay in contacting the Cooperative by phone. If any members should need to report an outage but cannot get through by phone, outages can be reported online atwww.myrec.coop  . Members with internet accessibility through a smart phone can also report their outage by visiting  www.myrec.coop/mobile  .

Almost 6,000 members are currently without power throughout Louisa, Spotsylvania and Hanover counties. REC crews are working as quickly and safely as possible to assess damage related to the earthquake and to begin restoration work.

Comments

  1. My 2 Cents says:

    “If any members should need to report an outage but cannot get through by phone, outages can be reported online atwww.myrec.coop .”

    Kinda makes sense huh? Gotta love REC