Aug 28, 2011
RICHMOND, Va., Aug. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --
Dominion crews in Virginia and North Carolina are assessing damage and working with local emergency personnel today to return electrical service to 1.2 million customers, focusing first on public health and safety facilities. The Hurricane Irene restoration effort is the company's second largest behind only Hurricane Isabel.
"We are helping local officials restore the critical services that help keep our communities safe," said Rodney Blevins, vice president of distribution operations for Dominion Virginia Power and Dominion North Carolina Power. "We have begun the restoration process following the extensive damage brought by Hurricane Irene."
By noon tomorrow, Dominion expects to complete the assessment of damage and have an estimate of when restoration for all customers will be complete.
More than 6,000 line workers and support personnel will be involved in restoring power, including line workers from utilities from Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina and South Carolina. Dominion is working closely with state emergency management and transportation officials.
Motorists are reminded to help protect personnel on the roadside making emergency repairs by moving over from the lane nearest them and slowing down until they pass the repair site.
Priority is given to repairing circuits serving hospitals, water pumping stations, police and fire departments and other emergency locations. As critical infrastructure circuits are restored, efforts focus on restoring power to the greatest number of customers in the shortest amount of time. A video description of the storm restoration process is available online at http://www.dom.com/storm-center/how-we-restore-power.jsp.
Storm restoration information is available online at http://www.dom.com/storm-center/index.jsp. An outage information map is available on Dominion's website at http://www.dom.com/storm-center/dominion-electric-outage-map.jsp.
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Note to editors: Updated figures on outage information is available online at http://www.dom.com/storm-center/dominion-electric-outage-summary.jsp.
SOURCE Dominion Virginia Power; Dominion North Carolina Power