Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) has restored service to all members who lost power as a result of this week’s snowstorm. “We appreciate the patience and the many expressions of thanks from our member-owners as employees worked to restore power during such difficult weather conditions,” said Rhonda F. Curtis, REC’s manager of customer services and public relations.
The storm moved through REC’s service territory late afternoon, Wednesday, Jan. 26 and continued into the evening hours, bringing with it heavy, wet snow. Over the course of the storm, 22,500 members experienced power outages. Those service interruptions were caused by downed wires and broken cross arms and poles.
Cooperative employees worked around the clock until service restoration was complete. “Many people, including linemen, customer service representatives, dispatch personnel and other employees worked long hours to restore service as quickly as possible,” added Curtis. “Through a cooperative effort, we were able to deal with these outages and restore service to our member-owners as quickly and safely as possible.”
Crews from Central Virginia, Community, Mecklenburg and Prince George Electric Cooperatives, as well as contract crews, helped with the restoration process. REC line personnel and those additional resources worked staggered, 16-hour shifts during the restoration effort.
REC is a member-owned power company that provides electric service to over 154,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, Va., Rappahannock maintains more than 16,000 miles of power lines through its service area, which ranges from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay.