Power Outages in Staunton

By: Keith Jones Email
By: Keith Jones Email

Power companies are working around the clock to restore outages all across the Valley.

Sunday night, Dominion Power reported about 1,300 homes without power, though the ice storm affected one street in Staunton more than others. One house lost power several times.

"I got up this morning and the lights were blinking, so I knew the power had been off, but I didn't know for how long," says Juanita Baer,

After calling some friends, she learned the whole street had lost power.

"After we had gotten up, we started here around the house and all at once the T.V. went off and I said uh oh, here we go again," says Baer.

She says their electricity went out a few times, with each outage lasting about 60 seconds.

Daisy Pridgen of Dominion Power says technicians are working hard to restore power across the Valley.

She says, "That depends on the amount of damage. Of course we are monitoring the storm, and we are monitoring the damage and the amount of outages that occur. Snow is O.K., but ice causes the worst damage. What happens is ice accumulates in the branches of trees. Those get weighed down, and then they fall on the power lines."

Despite sporadic losses of electricity, Baer says she and her husband were prepared.

"We have lamps, lanterns, candles, and we have our cat, and we take it all down the basement and we all keep toasty," says Baer.

Dominion officials say their full staff of crews have been working all through the night to ensure that power is restored completely.

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