Outage Updates, Friday, Dec. 16

Final update:

As of 9:15 p.m. Friday, there are about 370 members out of service from Thursday’s ice storm, predominantly in western Frederick County. Full restoration for Frederick is now expected by 3 p.m. Saturday, while everyone else is expected to be back on Friday night. Among those remaining outages, problems include nine broken poles and 12 spans of wire down.

Our crews and outside support are wrapping up work Friday night and will be back at it early Saturday after some well-deserved rest. Frederick County areas that are anticipated to be out of service heading into Saturday are:

  • Wardensville Grade
  • Cedar Grove
  • Mountain Falls/Shawneeland/Back Mountain Road
  • Zepp
  • High View/Rock Enon
  • Shockeysville/Cross Junction/Whitacre/Reynolds Store
  • Fairview

For continued real-time updates, check the Outage Center at www.svec.coop/outage. More updates will be posted on Saturday.

Evening update:

As of 4:30 p.m. Friday, SVEC has about 700 members out of service. SVEC, contractors and co-op assistance comprise 40 crews making progress on outages across the cooperatives' service territory, with the goal to restore many members by 9 p.m. Friday.

Given the significant, widespread damage in western Frederick County, service will not fully be restored in that jurisdiction until Saturday. Additional information for Frederick County will be included in a post on this page and our Facebook page Friday night.

“My wife texted me, ‘How bad?’ I said, ‘It’s bad and it definitely could get worse, and if it keeps doing what’s doing, it’s going to get worse.’ And it did,” says Dennis Hamrick, a lead lineman in the Winchester District. “Trust me when I say we’re working as fast as we can to get members back on. And we’ll keep at it until we do have everybody back on.”

Multiple broken poles and downed spans of wire have caused major damage across SVEC territory. Some areas are also posing accessibility issues for crews.

We will continue to post updates until service to all members has been restored.

Afternoon update:

As of 12 p.m. Friday, SVEC has about 2,400 members out of service. Crews, contractors and mutual aid assistance from other co-ops continue to make progress in the field.

The goal remains to have everyone back on by 9 p.m. Friday. Please continue to visit the online Outage Center or MySVEC app to follow along with the latest outage numbers.

Morning update:

As of 7:40 a.m. Friday, SVEC has about 100 device outages, which totals about 3,100 members out of service. Our crews, an increasing number of contractors and mutual aid assistance from other co-ops, have been assigned to the largest outage scenes to get them back on, and will continue working smaller outages after that. Our new goal is to have everyone back on by 9 p.m. Friday.

Given the widespread nature and extent of damage, Frederick County will likely be the last jurisdiction where all members are returned to service.

The following areas have crews assigned to them Friday morning. Please be aware priorities could change if further issues arise. Crews have encountered many instances where they restore service and then tree limbs take lines back down.


  • Love Mountain


  • Clear Brook area
  • Hunting Ridge Road
  • Gore Road
  • Fairview Road
  • Mountain Falls


  • Tanners Ridge Road


  • Bergton


  • Jerome

We will continue to post updates throughout Friday. Visit this page for more information on how we prioritize outage restoration.