(Updated 9:30 a.m.) Another day, another massive power outage in Alexandria. This time, there’s a corvid to blame.
There were around 4,251 residents in a stretch of Alexandria from the Braddock neighborhood up to Potomac Yard and Lynhaven without power this morning, according to Dominion Energy’s power outage map, though as of 9:20 a.m. the largest outage has been restored.
The cause for the outage is listed as “circuit out.” Dominion Energy spokesperson Peggy Fox said on social media that an investigation found a crow flew into a critical power line.
A crow that flew into a line affected 11,853 customers this morning in the Alexandria area.
6,760 customers were restored within 1 minute.
4,256 restored within 43 min.
490 within 51 min.
347 restored—all customers—within 58 minutes.
No damage to equipment.
— Peggy Fox (@PeggyDomEnergy) March 10, 2023
There was a second, overlapping outage in Arlandria, with another 489 customers without power, though as of 9:30 a.m. that seems to have been fixed too. The last remaining outage from this morning was at the southern end of Del Ray with 175 customers without power.
There are over 4,200 @DominionEnergy customers presently experiencing an outage in Del Ray.
— Justin Wilson (@justindotnet) March 10, 2023
Around this time last year, Dominion leadership spoke to Alexandria’s City Council and promised to invest $17 million into the utility company’s infrastructure in Alexandria to improve reliability. Some city leaders pushed for Dominion to underground more power lines — keeping them away from crows, just as an example — but Dominion leadership said the price of undergrounding across Alexandria was too “outlandish.”
If it’s a day that ends in “y”, then it’s likely a day when @DominionEnergy is failing to provide reliable service to Alexandria. If you’re amongst those impacted by outages across the city, you can click here for restoration estimates: https://t.co/SWsgRMVTRm pic.twitter.com/wDGkoWumeY
— R. Kirk McPike (@KirkMcPike) March 10, 2023
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