Power Companies Prepare

This winter storm could mean more problems than treacherous road conditions. There's also potential for power outages.

Power companies around the Valley are preparing for the worst, and several officials say that ice and wind could cause major power outages in several communities.

The Harrisonburg Electric Company, Dominion Power, and Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative say they have hundreds of technicians on stand by, in case power lines become damaged. These three companies oversee thousands of miles of power lines and say they're ready if power is lost.

Daisy Pridgen, a spokesperson for Dominion Power, says it's hard to predict how long some residents may be without electricity.

She says, "As soon as it is safe enough for them to go out there, they will be dispatched to the areas that are hardest hit. So right now, it's kind of like a wait and see situation. We do have the crews on stand by, to go to the areas that will be hardest hit."

Pridgen says that Dominion Power serves more than two million customers across Virginia, and they may need your help.

If you spot a downed power line, or experience a loss of power, you're asked to call them at 1-888-667-3000.

She says the quicker you do so, technicians can more efficiently respond to the situation and restore power. If Dominion can't help, officials say to call the nearest fire and rescue squad.


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