Association of Electric Cooperatives provides update on winter storm Frida

As of 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 4, the 13 electric cooperatives in Virginia had restored power to approximately 56,000 member accounts, down from the peak of more than 155,000. The largest number of outages remained in the central Piedmont area.

 More than 100 lineworkers from 40 cooperatives in four states were joining hundreds of cooperative line crews and contractors in restoring power to affected areas. Additionally, crews from less affected areas in Virginia were traveling to areas of major damage as soon as they completed their local repairs.

 Rappahannock Electric Cooperative reported 70,659 members without power from its total of 170,000 connections. The cooperative serves all or parts of 22 counties from Hanover north to Stafford and west to the Blue Ridge. Power was restored to more than 19,000 since the peak of the storm.

Central Virginia Electric Cooperative reported 16,194 customers out of 38,307 accounts.  Power was restored to about 8,600 since the peak of the storm. CVEC serves an area from Goochland and Louisa counties west to the Blue Ridge.

Southside Electric Cooperative reported 6,609 without power out of its 55,000 accounts. The cooperative, which serves parts of 189 counties from Chesterfield west, had restored power to about 14,000 accounts since the peak of the storm.

 Northern Neck Electric Cooperative, which serves parts of Stafford and King William in addition to the Neck, reported 3,358 outages among its 19,600 accounts, and had restored power to about 4,600 since the peak.

 Officials at each cooperative were in the process of assessing damage before they could forecast a 100 percent restoration timetable because of the difficulty in locating downed wires, poles and trees in inaccessible areas; crews cannot reach outages where roads are blocked by trees, snow and ice. 

 Additionally, three Dominion delivery points to co-ops are out of power. These are Barboursville and Summerduck for REC, and Passapatanzy for NNEC. Dominion is aware of the outages and is actively working them before REC and NNEC can proceed with additional restoration.