Dominion Power says restoration efforts could take several days

RICHMOND, Va (WRIC) — Dominion Virginia Power crews are busy trying to restore power after Thursday night’s storm. The company allowed 8News inside their Regional Operations Center on West Broad St. for a close look at restoration efforts.

Multiple teams that specialize in logistics, crew dispatching and procurement began working Thursday night to restore power to the nearly 200,000 who were left in the dark Thursday night.

Officials say the City of  Richmond, as well and Chesterfield Henrico counties, were hit especially plagued by hard winds and downed trees.

They say countless trees toppled over power lines could take some time to fix.

“Well, when a tree comes down on a pole or power line, it can pull the transformer out and other components that are up on the top of the polls, so literally the grid in the affected area needs to be completely rebuilt in many cases,” Dominion spokesman David Botkins told 8News Reporter Nakell Williams.

Dominion officials urge the public to report outages. They say you shouldn’t assume that someone else already has because you might be on a different circuit than your neighbor. You can report outages to Dominion by calling 1-866-DOM-HELP.

You can report outages to Dominion by calling 1-866-DOM-HELP.

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