Crews work to restore power in Chesterfield, South Richmond

Posted at 9:16 AM, Jul 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-20 13:44:43-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- More than 18,000 Dominion Virginia Power customers remained without power Wednesday morning. Sever storms late Tuesday afternoon knocked down trees and knocked out power across Central Virginia.

The majority of Wednesday's outages were focused in Chesterfield and South Richmond.

Power outage

"Dominion made arrangements overnight for additional crews to travel to the Richmond area to be ready to support restoration work beginning at 6 AM today. Crews must get to nearly 500 locations to make repairs before power will be restored to all customers. As crews arrive on site they will establish restoration times which will then be available to customers," a Dominion spokeswoman said. "Dominion will work hard and safely to make repairs. We know customers are anxious to have their electricity restored. We are also very aware of the heat and the discomfort that comes with not having working AC at this time. Just as we are reminding our crews to take precautions from the heat and keep hydrated, we urge our customers to do the same."

Downed wires

Stay away from all downed trees and downed wires. You can’t tell if a power line is energized by looking. If the power line is energized, the tree may be energized too. Call 1-866-DOM-HELP to report downed wire. False reporting delays restoration and can put people in harm’s way, so please only report downed wire if you see it.

Report outages on any mobile device at or by calling 1-866-366-4357

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