Around 176 Alexandrians remain without power, according to the Dominion website. Those outages are scattered around the city, though 144 of them are in Arlandria — which was hit with widespread outages last night.
The Dominion website said the Arlandria restoration is likely to be resolved between 6-11 p.m., but Dominion spokesperson Peggy Fox told ALXnow those estimates generally reflected the latest possible times those could be delayed.
The outage caused frustrations among Alexandrians, who said the post-storm power outage was a reflection of the poor state of utilities in Northern Virginia.
WHAT DO WE WANT?
ANY FUNCTIONING UTILITIES!
WHEN DO WE WANT IT?
LIKE, TEN YEARS AGO? I MEAN WHAT THE ACTUAL…? I mean, constant, breakneck growth without maintaining, renewing, repairing, and replacing existing infrastructure just seems foolish and maybe we should really think
— Let’s Meat on the Avenue (@LetsmeatDelRay) May 23, 2022
City Council member John Chapman said the outages emphasized the need to take another look at undergrounding more utilities in Alexandria.
I wonder how much undergrounded power lines would have helped keep power on last night @DominionEnergy ?? We need to talk more openly about this, because storms are going to get worse, due in part to climate change.
— John Taylor Chapman (@j_chapman99) May 23, 2022
Image via Dominion Energy
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