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Some in Chesterfield may lose power for up to 8 hours while crews repair snapped pole

Posted at 7:40 PM, Oct 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-13 19:46:56-04

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. — Officials some customers that currently have power many lose it as crews work to repair a snapped power pole along River Road in Chesterfield County Saturday evening.

“Chesterfield Fire and EMS was notified by Southside Electric Cooperative (SEC) that beginning at 5 p.m. they will be repairing a power pole at the intersection of Nash Road and River Road,” Chesterfield Fire and EMS spokesperson Lt. Jason Elmore said.

Officials said that because of the complexity of the repair, power will be shut off to some customers along the River Road corridor.

“The repair could potentially take up to 8 hours to complete,” Elmore said. “Impacted customers will receive an automated call from SEC notifying them of the outage.”

Customers can call the SEC Customer Service Department at 1-866-878-5514 with questions or to report an outage.

SEC company officials said that crews are continuing to work to restore power from Tropical Storm Michael.

Officials said that 17,600 customers were still without power as of 9:45 a.m. on Saturday. That number is down from 40,000 or about 70-percent of  SEC customers who initially lost power.

“Co-op crews from Virginia and neighboring states have been working alongside SEC crews to restore power since Friday, with a total of 22 mutual aid and contract crews assisting restoration efforts,” officials said.

Crews have already identified 40 broken poles, but officials warned that number will likely rise as more areas are assessed.

“Due to the extent of the damage from fallen trees and equipment, SEC encourages members to prepare for several days without electricity,” officials stressed. “SEC wishes to remind members and those in the community to please stay away from any downed power lines and equipment. Treat all damaged electrical infrastructure as if it is energized.”

Cooperative officials called Tropical Storm Michael “the most significant outage event” since Hurricane Irene left 26,000 customers without power in 2011.

Additionally, thousands of Dominion Energy customers remain without power after severe storms moved through Central Virginia Thursday evening.

Dominion Energy reported that nearly 28,000 customers are still without power in the Richmond-area as of Saturday evening. A majority of the outages are located Chesterfield,  Henrico, Hanover, and the City of Richmond.