From SVEC -
MT. CRAWFORD – As Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative (SVEC) continues efforts to complete power restoration to all members, some different steps are necessary to meet the challenges associated with remaining service outages. As a result, as the day continues, the number of outages may fluctuate as crews work to restore service. These outages are mainly a result of measures taken to ensure the safety of SVEC’s linemen and other crews. Additionally, during an event such as this, “blinking” of lights may occur.
Please contact Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative if you do not have electric service, even if you have called before. It is very important that the Cooperative knows where each outage is, as the restoration efforts continue. Call SVEC at 1-800-234-7832. It is more effective for SVEC to know where all outages are located.
Friday evening’s severe weather caused outages in the city of Winchester, Augusta, Frederick, Highland, Page, Rockingham, Shenandoah, and Warren counties of Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative’s (SVEC) service region. As of 11:15 a.m., approximately 517 members are without power in the SVEC service area. Please find an approximation of the outages, by locality, listed below.
By the end of the day today, the Cooperative’s goal is to have the vast majority of service restored; however, scattered outages may remain after that time as the more difficult situations are addressed. Given the severity of the weather and the amount of resulting damage, SVEC has indicated that these remaining outages could last an extended period of time, possibly days.
With the number of members affected, SVEC has brought in additional manpower, including crews from 15 cooperatives, and three contractors from Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. In total, SVEC has about 440 men and women working to restore electric service. These crews will work diligently to restore electric service to our 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.
Chartered in 1936, SVEC serves more than 92,000 member/owners’ accounts in the counties of Augusta, Clarke, Frederick, Highland, Page, Rockingham, Shenandoah, and Warren and the city of Winchester in Virginia. Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative was the first electric cooperative chartered in Virginia.