Winter clean-up in Louisa

Posted on Sunday, February 19, 2012 at 10:26 pm

Bryan Delancey clears snow from the sidewalks of Main Street in Louisa

Bryan Delancey clears snow from the sidewalks of Main Street in Louisa

UPDATE: AS of 5 p.m. CVEC has restored power to all but a handful of Louisa customers.

UPDATE:

As of 9 a.m. Tuesday morning, hundreds of Louisa homes were still without electricity after Sunday’s snowstorm. Although all customers of Dominion Virginia Power and Rappahannock Electric Cooperative have had power restored, 224 Central Virginia Electric Cooperative meters remain dark in the county.

The remaining affected customers are generally in the west and southwest of the county, served by the CVEC substations Trevilians, Zions, Cashs Corner, Hensons Store and Ferncliff.

CVEC released the following statement at 5:24 a.m. Tuesday morning: After working throughout the day, most often in difficult off-road conditions, CVEC crews made significant progress in restoring electric service to Cooperative members.  Outage totals were reduced from 2550 to less than 1000 on Monday.

Crews worked throughout the CVEC service territory eliminating the smaller outages, one by one, and repairing damage that affected larger clusters of CVEC members, many of which were located along the eastern slope of the Blue Ridge.  All CVEC crews and 10 visiting line crews will continue work on Tuesday, resolving the small localized outages, many of which remain in the substation areas east of Charlottesville along Interstate 64 corridor and to the south in Buckingham and other counties.

This storm left an unusual outage profile compared to most winter storms.  Instead of concentrated damage in a few areas, we have very widespread, but isolated, problems.  Many members experiencing an outage could see neighbors close by with service that was not interrupted.  Most of the outages have are affecting between one and ten accounts, so each restoration makes only an incremental reduction in outage numbers.  We have experienced outages in more than 400 areas, and for each one we must get to the site, walk the right-of-way to find and clear the problem, then restore service to the tap.

CVEC thanks the members for their patience under difficult conditions and thanks the CVEC linemen and those from sister Cooperatives that worked tirelessly in difficult and dangerous conditions with the mission of restoring service to CVEC members and quickly and safely as possible.

Visit www.mycvec.com to track outage number and restoration efforts or www.facebook.com/mycvec

UPDATE:

Power has been restored to all but 2 REC customers in Louisa. Dominion’s dark meter count in Louisa has dropped slightly to 50. CVEC, however, has seen a slight increase in customers without service, with a current total of 306 as of 2:45 p.m.

After a Sunday snowstorm dumped several inches on central Virginia, power companies continue to battle against outages in Louisa County and elsewhere. Nearly 2,000 meters were out at midnight, a number which dropped to less than 500 as of 7 a.m. this morning. However, that number is back on the rise, and a total of 813 meters were dark as of 11:15 a.m.

Get more info directly from your power company by clicking the links below:

Click here for information about Rappahannock Electric Cooperative outages.

Click here for information about Central Virginia Electric Cooperative outages.

Click here for information about Dominion Virginia Power outages.

 

Snow-covered Louisa Courthouse

Snow-covered Louisa Courthouse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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FROM THE VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION:

Most highways across Central Virginia are reported in minor condition this morning, with a wet road surface and patches of snow or ice. Interstate 64 in Albemarle and Louisa County is mostly wet with some slick spots; Interstate 66 in Fauquier County is reported clear of snow and ice.

Secondary roads in Albemarle, Louisa and Madison counties are reported in moderate condition with most of the road surfaces covered with snow. Motorists in those areas are urged to delay non-essential early morning travel. Road conditions are expected to improve rapidly after sunrise as temperatures rise above freezing.

Crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Culpeper District have been working all night, treating the roads with sand to improve traction and salt to help melt the snow and ice and prevent it from bonding to the road surface and plowing as the snow accumulated. VDOT’s crews are focusing their snow and ice control efforts first on the interstates and primary highways and are shifting to the secondary system as conditions warrant.

Primary and secondary roads in Fluvanna, Greene, Orange and Culpeper counties are wet with patches of snow and slick spots. In Madison County the primary highways are in minor condition; secondary roads are in moderate condition with accumulations of snow and ice. Rappahannock County roads are clear but motorists are still urged to drive cautiously through the early morning.

During the early morning hours drivers should pay particular attention to cooler areas such as bridges, overpasses, ramps, higher elevations and shady spots where ice may form. Motorists should allow extra time for travel, reduce speed and increase following distance to provide more reaction time if they encounter slick conditions.

Real-time road conditions and weather forecasts are available on VDOT’s traffic and travel Web site, www.511Virginia.org. The site also has live traffic camera images for many major highways, including Interstate 64, I-66 and Routes 29 and 250 in Central Virginia. Motorists can call 511 from any telephone in Virginia for road and traffic conditions on all major highways in the state.

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FROM THE VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION:

Major highways across Central Virginia are reported to have varying amounts of snow cover, ranging from mostly snow-covered in the Charlottesville area to patches north toward Madison County and merely wet from Culpeper County north.

Secondary roads in the southern part of the district are reported in moderate condition with most of the road surfaces snow-covered and slick. Motorists are urged to expect slick road conditions overnight in areas that have gotten snow since temperatures are forecast to fall below freezing later this evening.

Interstate 64 from Afton Mountain east through Louisa County is reported mostly wet with patches of snow and slush. Primary highways in Albemarle, Fluvanna and Louisa counties are reported in minor to moderate condition with some snow and slush accumulating on the roads. Secondary roads in those counties are mostly snow-covered

Primary highways in Greene and Orange counties are mostly clear with some patches of snow. Secondary roads in both counties are also in minor condition.

Interstate 66 in Fauquier County is reported clear, as are primary and secondary highways in Fauquier, Rappahannock, Madison and Culpeper counties.

Crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Culpeper District will work all night to treat the roads with sand and salt to improve traction and salt to help melt the snow and ice and prevent it from bonding to the road surface. If sufficient accumulations of snow fall the crews will begin plowing. VDOT’s crews will focus their snow and ice control efforts first on the interstates and primary highways and will move to the secondary system as conditions warrant.

During the early morning hours drivers should pay particular attention to cooler areas such as bridges, overpasses, ramps, higher elevations and shady spots where ice may form. Motorists should allow extra time for travel, reduce speed and increase following distance to provide more reaction time if they encounter slick conditions.

Real-time road conditions and weather forecasts are available on VDOT’s traffic and travel Web site, www.511Virginia.org. The site also has live traffic camera images for many major highways, including Interstate 64, I-66 and Routes 29 and 250 in Central Virginia. Motorists can call 511 from any telephone in Virginia for road and traffic conditions on all major highways in the state.

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