Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Residents in the Sleepy Hollow Woods neighborhood lost power for about nine hours, according to Dominion Power.
A single vehicle crash in the Sleepy Hollow Woods neighborhood caused a power outage Sunday that lasted more than nine hours. According to officer Eddy Azcarate, public information officer with the Fairfax County Police, the crash occurred Sunday morning around 10:45 a.m. near the 3900 block of Sleepy Hollow Road. The driver of the vehicle struck a pole not far from where Sleepy Hollow Road intersects with Columbia Pike. More than 300 customers lost power at 12:50 p.m. for nine hours and 11 minutes, said Le-Ha Anderson, manager for media and community relations for Dominion Power. Dominion crews were dispatched to replace the broken pole. Power was restored to all customers by 10:01 p.m., when repairs on the pole were completed, Anderson …
Monday, March 25, 2013
Power was out for part of the morning and early afternoon due to the storm.
Update 1:34 p.m.: According to Dominion Power, a total of 4,000 customers in Alexandria lost power due to the storm, including more than 100 in the Lincolnia area near Annandale. Dominion has since restored power to the area as of 1:30 p.m. -- More than 100 customers in the Lincolnia area of Mason District just outside of Annandale are currently without power, according to the Dominion Power Interactive Outage Map. The map viewer estimates approximately 143 customers are without power as of 11 a.m. Monday. The cause of the outage is still under investigation, according to the map. An estimated restoration time is also unknown. Snowfall in Fairfax County Monday morning caused closures and cancellations in Fairfax County and delayed spreak …
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Crew and trucks are ready to respond to calls throughout the storm heading toward the Northern Virginia area.
Dominion Virginia Power is expecting power outages considering the nature of the incoming storm. They've prepared their trucks and crews to service problem areas, said Le-Ha Anderson, manager for media and community relations, in a recent email to Patch. The Winter Storm Watch from the National Weather Service predicts "more than 5 inches possible with the potential for more than a foot somewhere within the watch area." Wet, heavy snow can weigh down tree limbs which can possibly make contact with power lines and cause power outages, Anderson explained. Dominion customers are encouraged to contact Dominion immediately at 1-866-DOM-HELP if they witness trees on power lines or leaning toward power lines. Anderson said it's best to stay away …
Monday, February 4, 2013
Punxsutawney Phil and Potomac Phil predicted an early spring, but it's still cold for many struggling to pay for heat in Fairfax County.
Punxsutawney Phil (and Potomac Phil) both predicted an early spring, but Annandale is expecting a dusting of snow both Monday and Tuesday nights. That means temperatures are still wintry and heating bills are still high for residents in the area. (See this week's forecast here.) Dominion Virginia Power is reminding customers that assistance is available for high heating bills this winter through the utility company’s Energy Share grants. Eligible customers may get a one-time payout of up to $600 to offset heating costs this winter. More than 12,000 customers received assistance in 2012. To quality, customers must live in Dominion’s service area and meeting one of these criteria: Customers can call Dominion's customer service center at 1-…
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Dominion Power is urging their customers to be prepared with food and an emergency plan.
With a National Weather Service winter storm watch in place for Thursday morning for Northern Virginia, personnel at Dominion Power, Fairfax County Public Schools and the Virginia Department of Transportation have their eyes glued to the weather forecasts. Le-Ha Anderson, a spokeswoman with Dominion Power, said the company is making sure their trucks are gassed up and ready to respond if there are any power outages. She said the utility company has a team of meteorologists that are tracking the storm for them. “Wet snow with some wind could cause some power outages,” Anderson said. “We do urge our customers to be prepared with an emergency plan with phone numbers and nonperishable food just in case there are some outages.” As the forecast …
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Callers are demanding immediate payment, usually by prepaid debit card.
Dominion Virginia Power is warning customers of a scam where a person on the phone claims to be a company employee and demands immediate payment of a bill. The caller tells customers their electric service will be cut off if the bill isn't paid within a few hours and usually requests payment by prepaid debit card. The caller migh falsely claim there's a problem with the customer's electric meter, which could lead to a fire if it isn't replaced immediately. They say Dominion will reimburse them later if they pay for it right away. Dominion says while they do call customers who have delinquent bills to remind them their payment is due, they never ask for specific payment information. Instead they direct customers on how they can make their …
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Fewer than 2,000 Dominion customers in Northern Virginia remained without power Thursday morning.
Dominion Virginia Power this morning released a list of where crews will be working to restore power Thursday. The list is attached to this article as a pdf (available in the media box to the right). "Lists are based on early morning work plans for crews. However, needs often change during a major restoration and crews stay on the move. They may visit, leave and return to some locations, and may perform work at locations not shown on today's list," according to Dominion. The highest concentration of current outages are inside the Beltway, however many smaller outages exist across Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William Counties and elsewhere. Dominion reported only about 1,700 customers without power in Northern Virginia as of Wednesday night…
Monday, October 1, 2012
The programs aren't free, but are designed to save homeowners money in the long run.
Dominion makes money based on the amount of electricity it sells its customers, but, the hitch is, there's only so much power on the grid to go around. That's why the utility company has launched four new energy conservation programs to teach homeowners how to cut back electricity usage and save money in the long run, explained Le-Ha Anderson, a spokeswoman for Dominion. And, as it turns out, autumn is the "perfect time" to audit your home's energy appetite, Anderson said. The new programs include: Home Energy Check-Up Duct Testing and Sealing Program Heat Pump Tune-Up Program Heat Pump Upgrade Program These programs are open to all Dominion customers in single family dwellings in Virginia. Some townhomes are eligible, too. Visit the …
Thursday, July 5, 2012
While waiting for the power to return, what was your most helpful item?
When a surprise derecho hit Northern Virginia Friday night, its winds downed trees and power lines, cutting off "juice" to thousands in the area. While most customers of Dominion Virginia Power are back up and running, there are still 13,000 homes without power in Northern Virginia Thursday morning, according to the company's latest figures. If you were in the dark after the derecho, what got you through? What was the one most useful item that made it bearable? A generator, a flashlight, a book, ice? Take our poll — and if you don't see your top item in the list, tell us about it in the comments box!
Monday, July 2, 2012
Sudden wind storm Friday night was one of the worst to hit Northern Virginia, leaving thousands without power.
In the aftermath of the powerful derecho storm that hit Northern Virginia Friday night, thousands are still without power three days later, suffering through high temperatures with no air-conditioning, watching food spoil and feeling disconnected without TV, Internet and in some cases phone service. On Monday afternoon, Dominion Power reported that about 160,000 in Northern Virginia were still without power. Many local residents checked into local hotels to escape the heat or found local coffee shops to charge up phones. Were you without power or are you still waiting for the lights to come back on? What do you miss most when the power goes out? Take our poll and feel free to add your comments about what you miss most when the power goes …