One Neighbor Says Power Outages Aren't Unusual

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY -- If you see a downed power line, stay away from it and most importantly, do not touch it.

Snow stopped falling, but trees were still hanging low because of the snow on the branches.

Delmas Hinkle described what it sounds like to hear a tree crack under the weight of snow.

“I heard this bang over this side of the mountain and I know it was a tree that fell down,” he said.

Hinkle said it is not unusual to hear that sounds and that it's also not unusual to be without power.

"It's just something we learn how to deal with."

It was something he was ready to deal with this time.

"It kept cutting on and off and at 7:30, it went off completely."

He said neighbors in his area see more outages because of the trees.

"Trees falling and breaking with the weight of the snow and across the power lines and disconnecting the power."

This is something Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative workers worked to fix, even if it that meant, they had to cross rivers and go on foot to fix it.

Hinkle said SVEC crews also trim the trees throughout the year to keep them away from power lines. He said it helps with storms like this.

"It does to a certain extent but there's a lot of trees and limbs along the heads of the power lines, need to be cut every so often anyways."

For Hinkle, even if the trees make outages happen more often, he doesn't mind.

“As long as it's not out for a week or something like that, then we can get into trouble.”

There were only a few downed trees reported in Harrisonburg, but even in the city, it was easy for branches to break with the snow and wind.

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