Update: REC Continues Restoration Efforts

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) crews continue to work on restoration efforts from the severe storms that caused extensive damage and power outages. Crews are assisting from neighboring REC offices as well as Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative. During the peak of the storm, nearly 3,000 members were without power. Almost all have been restored with the exception of 200 members who are still without electricity.

Darrell Potter, director of operations and construction for REC’s Blue Ridge district said, “We have nine poles remaining that were broken during the storm, and crews continue to replace those poles and repair power lines. We will continue to work to restore power as safely as possible to all members.”

REC reminds everyone to stay away from downed lines and trees or other objects touching lines. The lines may still be energized and should be considered dangerous. Please notify REC if you see downed lines or other hazardous conditions.

REC’s Blue Ridge district manager, John Crawford said, “We appreciate our members’ patience. Damage from the storm throughout Clarke and Warren counties was severe, causing trees to fall on our system’s utility poles and lines, creating challenging conditions for our crews working to make repairs.”

Members without power should call 1-800-552-3904 to report their outage. For updates on current outages, visit the REC website at www.myrec.coop/outage-center.

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Previous Release

As of 11:30 a.m. on Friday Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) is reporting over 950 members without power. Severe storms throughout the area yesterday evening caused extensive damage centralized in the Clarke and Warren County areas with other outages scattered throughout their service area. REC started experiencing outages Thursday evening and the outages could last through today while repairs are completed.

“High winds from yesterday’s storm broke numerous utility poles and caused trees to fall onto power lines,” said Darrell Potter, director of operations and construction in REC’s Blue Ridge district. “We have the necessary manpower and equipment deployed to ensure service is restored as quickly and safely as possible.”

Members without power should call 1-800-552-3904 to report their outage. For updates on current outages, visit our website at www.myrec.coop/outage-center.

REC reminds everyone to stay away from downed lines and trees or other objects touching lines. The lines may still be energized and should be considered dangerous. Please notify REC if you see downed lines or other hazardous conditions.

“The heavy, sustained winds caused tree damage, which created many hazards, including downed power lines that are hidden by fallen trees,” added Potter. “The public should take the proper precautions if they come across a dangerous situation. We appreciate the patience our members have shown while the Cooperative continues to work until everyone’s power has been restored.”

Comments

  1. Just Curious says:

    I wonder if they are so diligent getting these matters taken care of? Lord knows when those never heard of high bills come in every two months I have to sit down and take a deep breath before opening!!! This place is a joke and the residents that have power through these guys need to stand up and fight back!! I don’t know how they expect people to make it these days!

  2. Tugs Dad says:

    Allegheny Power was a much better provider of services. Have had nothing but trouble since RECTook over and higher bills. Who ever made the decision to bring in REC and get rid of Allegheny Power really screwed up. I want Allegheny Power back!!!