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UPDATE – Afternoon of Monday, Feb. 25

As of 4 p.m. Monday, about 1,500 SVEC members are without power. SVEC has established a goal for the majority of members to have electricity restored by evening on Tuesday, February 26.

Given the widespread nature of this event, estimated times for restoration are unavailable, as of Monday morning.

We have crews from outside of SVEC coming to help:

  • Northern Neck Electric Cooperative
  • Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative
  • Davis H. Elliot contract crews (above normal available operations)
  • River City Construction


Extremely windy conditions Sunday afternoon caused outages in Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative’s (SVEC) service region.

SVEC crews will work diligently, as conditions permit, to restore electric service to our members as quickly and safely as possible.  However, restoration time may be delayed due to the mechanical limitations of using bucket trucks in high winds for the safety of SVEC crews. This may increase SVEC’s response time, and there is a chance for an outage to last an extended period of time. As restoration efforts continue, the number of outages may fluctuate as crews work to safely restore service.  Additionally, during an event such as this, “blinking” of lights may occur.

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.

In the event that you lose power and you are an SVEC member, call SVEC at 1-800-234-7832, even if you think your neighbor may have called.  It is more effective for SVEC to know where all outages are located.