Hurricane Sandy’s strong winds have caused outages in the city of Winchester, Augusta, Clarke, Frederick, Highland, Page, Rockingham, Shenandoah, and Warren counties of Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative’s (SVEC) service region. As of 11:00 a.m., approximately 7,487 meters are without power in the SVEC service area.
Crews from SVEC, other cooperatives, and contractors are prepared to respond to the outages, and will do so, as weather conditions allow. Bucket trucks, used to assist in the restoration efforts, cannot operate safely when winds exceed 30 mph, and winds are forecast to be at that speed or higher through later today.
As the day continues, more power outages may occur due to continued severe weather and continued restoration efforts. During an event such as this, “blinking” of lights may occur. In addition, given the severity of the weather, there is a chance for an outage to last an extended period of time. As conditions allow, crews will work diligently to restore electric service to SVEC member/owners as quickly and safely as possible.
Do not make any attempts to clear trees or other debris from power lines. Note the location, and any other important information regarding these situations, and contact SVEC. Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative will work to ensure that power is restored as soon as possible. As a reminder, individuals are encouraged to avoid contact with downed power lines. In the event that you lose power and you are an SVEC member, call SVEC at 1-800-234-7832, even if you think your neighbor may have called. It is more effective for SVEC to know where all outages are located.