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Freezing rain, sleet and ice have caused outages in Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative’s (SVEC) service region, mostly concentrated in western Frederick County.

The latest information on outage numbers is available in the Outage Center.

Most member-owners were restored by Thursday night, February 14. Areas with more extensive damage and/or access issues are expected to be restored by the end of the day Friday, February 15, with all but the most extensive by the end of the day Saturday, February 16.

SVEC’s crews, its contractors and personnel from other electric cooperatives in Virginia are working as quickly and safely as possible to restore service. SVEC prioritizes outage restoration by first working scenes that will get the most member-owners back in service.

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.

This storm presented a challenge to crews as ice constantly brought trees down, in some just after wires had been put up. Listen to one lineman’s experience:

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