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Dominion Virginia Power Working Hard To Get Folks Restored

10:26 PM, Oct 31, 2012   |    comments
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MCLEAN, Va. (WUSA) -- Dominion Virginia Power is trying to get the last customers back on line.

Crews were working on Lewinsville Road in Mclean where at one point 1500 customers were in the dark. As of Wednesday afternoon, there were only 110 customers left to restore.

One of those customers is Agnes Vibes.She is bundled up and on day two without power.

She's learned from experience while spending four days in the dark during the derecho.

"I didn't buy anything this time," she said.

The Kristenson Family is trying to stay plugged in.

Simon Kristenson, 16, carrying his tablet and laptop. "We went to Starbucks filled them with electricity so I can get some homework done," he said.

Sinisa Kurtic heard the moment it all went dark.

"It was a big thump, boom and then again it did it twice," she said.

Dominion Power says a big tree took down a pole, transformer, 12 spans of wires and 20 cross arms, that's attached to the poles.

Chuck Penn with Dominion Power says, "This restoration here typifies some of the more labor intensive type of work that needs to be done.

"We actually thought we could lose as many as a million customers, as it turns out, we lost about 200 thousand and 150 thousand at one particular time. We really dodged a bullet."

While Agnes tries to keep some of her food on ice in the garage, she and her neighbors know it could have been worse. All they have to do is look back several months ago."

Dominion Power has set the deadline of Thursday night for everyone to be restored.
Some of the mutual aid crews came from South Carolina and North Carolina.

They are anticipating, once they finish in Northern Virginia they'll be heading up north to either New York or New Jersey.

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