REC update on outages

From contributed reports
Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) has restored service to all members who lost power as a result of this week’s snowstorm. “We appreciate the patience and the many expressions of thanks from our member-owners as employees worked to restore power during such difficult weather conditions,” said Rhonda F. Curtis, REC’s manager of customer services and public relations.

The storm moved through REC’s service territory late afternoon, Wednesday, Jan. 26 and continued into the evening hours, bringing with it heavy, wet snow. Over the course of the storm, 22,500 members experienced power outages. Those service interruptions were caused by downed wires and broken cross arms and poles.

As of 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, that number has been reduced to around 3,400. Most of those outages were scattered throughout the northern half of REC’s service territory, with damage to both primary and secondary lines and other distribution devices.

The Cooperative was in “storm mode” by early Wednesday with a focus on making the proper manpower and equipment preparations. REC employees and contract crews worked throughout the night, and a new rotation was deployed just before sunrise today. Personnel were also enlisted from sister cooperatives, and REC shifted much of its manpower from its Bowling Green district to the more significantly affected areas around its Culpeper office and into its Blue Ridge district, located near Front Royal.

Status and location of reported outages can be checked by members at the Outage Center of www.myrec.coop.

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