Around 982 customers are currently without power across Alexandria as Dominion Energy scrambles to fix damage from a Sunday night storm.
Power outages already pushed two Alexandria City Public Schools to virtual classes. The Dominion Power website said the outages may not be fixed until 9 p.m. tonight (Monday) or 2 a.m. tomorrow.
Peggy Fox, a spokesperson for Dominion Energy, said the estimate represents hopes for the latest it may be restored.
“The [time of restoration] on there are the extended ranges, that’s as far out as it may take,” Fox said. “There’s a lot of damage.”
Repairing storm damage & replacing electrical wires & poles is intense, difficult & dangerous work.
We take safety extremely seriously @DominionEnergy. We want everyone of our workers to go home tonight. We will not compromise safety for speed.
— Peggy Fox (@PeggyDomEnergy) May 23, 2022
Fox said crews working in Arlington, for instance, are clearing away damage from fallen trees — which may take at least eight hours.
“We have to get out here and get our eyes on the damage,” Fox said. “It takes a little time. I know people are upset.”
This morning, Fox said Dominion Energy had 92 power outage projects it was working on.
Most of those outages are centered in Del Ray and Arlandria, which together account for 592 outages. There are also 133 customers without power in the Taylor Run neighborhood.
The outages brought to mind old concerns about Dominion Energy’s local utility grid. While Dominion had previously tried to claim power outages were a fluke, in March, Dominion Energy said it would invest $17 million in the city to improve reliability. Those improvements could take up to three years, however, while outages continue.
— Douglas F. Rosenthal (@TromboneDoug) May 23, 2022
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