Power restoration complete after wind storm

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative crews work to restore power to lines in Greene Mountain Lake last week. REC noted that other areas in Greene, such as Greene Acres and Haneytown Road, saw some of the worst damage in its 22-county service area.

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative crews last Thursday completed the weeklong, tedious task of restoring outages caused by the 36-hour windstorm that thrashed REC’s 22-county service territory. The final outages persisted in REC’s western region, which saw wind gusts up to 78 mph. “We know this was difficult. Whether members were offline for a day or a week, going without electricity is more than an inconvenience. It’s unsettling,” said Robbie Beard, manager of REC’s western region. “We greatly appreciate members’ patience as the guys worked nonstop through challenging terrain to rebuild much of REC’s infrastructure.” Crews replaced more than 350 broken poles, re-strung downed wires and replaced damaged transformers. REC

secures mutual aid agreements in advance of dangerous weather, so line crews from

26 different co-ops were able to quickly join REC’s crews as they worked around the clock

to restore service. More than 200 additional crew members joined REC’s forces, more than doubling the size of REC’s field restoration team. “We’re grateful not only to REC’s line workers, but also to all the crews who came from other parts of Virginia and six other states to help us get members reconnected,” Beard said. “We also want to thank the contractors we work with daily, who were also instrumental in restoring service.” At the peak of the wind storm, more than 45,000 members were without power. More than 71,000 REC members experienced a power outage during the event. By the end of the day last Thursday, more than 112,000 power outages had been restored as some members experienced repeat outages

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