Richmond, Va., August 29, 2011 — Dominion crews in Virginia and North Carolina are assessing damage and working with local emergency personnel to return electrical service to 1.2 million customers, focusing first on public health and safety facilities. The Hurricane Irene restoration effort is the company's second largest behind only Hurricane Isabel.
By August 30, Dominion expects to complete the assessment of damage and have an estimate of when restoration for all customers will be complete.
More than 6,000 line workers and support personnel will be involved in restoring power, including line workers from utilities from Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina and South Carolina. Dominion is working closely with state emergency management and transportation officials.
Motorists are reminded to help protect personnel on the roadside making emergency repairs by moving over from the lane nearest them and slowing down until they pass the repair site.
Priority is given to repairing circuits serving hospitals, water pumping stations, police and fire departments and other emergency locations. As critical infrastructure circuits are restored, efforts focus on restoring power to the greatest number of customers in the shortest amount of time.