REC Update: 16,000 Members Still Without Electricity

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) is making steady progress toward restoring electric service despite experiencing additional outages caused by overnight storms.   As of 8:00 AM today, nearly 16,000 members remain without electricity, down from 68,000 at the height of Friday night’s storm.
With its workforce doubled and continuing to grow, REC is shifting more crews into its most heavily damaged areas west of Rt. 20 and south of Rt. 17.

“As other cooperatives send crews to assist us, we are better able to match resources with specific repairs,” says Tim Martin, REC vice-president of engineering and operations.  “ While small service crews continue to work on simple repairs in communities where the majority of service has been restored, the larger line crews are focused on replacing broken poles and crossarms  – essentially rebuilding entire lines – in the areas that were most heavily damaged.”

Locally the outage situation has changed little overnight as  694 Clarke County  residents and  86 homes in the Town of Berryville   are still without electricity.

Last night Clarke County issued an alert via their website advising anyone who needed assistance to call the county non-emergency number. The message is as follows:

Extreme Weather & Power Outage Information

Extreme weather conditions and power outages are projected to continue throughout the next several days.  If you require assistance in coping with the extreme temperatures or have medical issues negatively affected by the extreme temperatures or lack of power, please contact the Clarke County Emergency Center, non-emergency line, at 540-955-1234.  If you are experiencing an acute medical emergency, please call 911.

July 1, 2012 6:00 p.m.