Businesses Back Open After Power Outage in Lynchburg

Lynchburg, VA - Power has been restored to nearly 900 customers in downtown Lynchburg.

A vehicle plowed into a power pole near the Concord Turnpike around 6:30 a.m. Thursday , knocking out power for nearly six hours.

Classes at Dunbar Middle school dismissed early because of the outage. Business just tried to make do.

Inside Bowen Jewelry Company, the Master Jeweler arranges tiny diamonds in a perfect circle.

"I'm making a diamond halo in platinum," says Robert Moses, using natural light coming for the store's window.

The engagement ring has to be ready for pick up in 24 hours and precision is key.

At Market at Main, no lights means no customers and no business.

" At six-thirty they were setting up and called me, 'lights all went out,'" said store owner Rodney Taylor.

At the Bank of the James building, Rick Sorenson had to climb 19 flights of stairs to get to his office.

"If you need to take a break, there's plenty of landing areas," Sorenson said.

Employers at the Bank of the James say several people called out of work because they didn't want to make that climb.