Richmond residents without power twice in one week

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A neighborhood in Richmond lost power for the second time this week Wednesday night.

“It’s too hot for that it’s just too hot,” said resident Jessica Jones.

Residents in Gilpin Court say they are tired of having to deal with the constant power outages.

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“And nobody wants to take the blame for us not having no electric,” said resident Fadu Muhammadali.

The complex is managed by Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority. While they didn’t talk to 8News directly, they told residents the outages were caused by tenants using their air conditioning units. Residents say that’s no excuse.

“We should be able to run the ACs without the power going off,” said Jones. “You don’t see that in any other project but here and that’s sad.”

Residents said the power goes out almost once a week and every time they have to wait for Dominion Power to come out and fix it.

“O.K. You fixed the problem but the problem doesn’t stay fixed because it goes out again and it’s a continuing habit,” said Muhammadali.

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Since many residents have young children, parents are left having to find ways to keep their young ones cool.

“Babies get overheated,” said Muhammadali. “I have to put him in my car sometimes and run my air in my car just to try and keep him cool.”

Dominion crews were on scene Wednesday afternoon. Residents said as of 9 p.m. the power is back on, for now.

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