Crews Work to Restore Power to Hundreds in Nelson County

Lovingston, VA - At last check, Central Virginia Electric Cooperative had nearly 700 power outages reported in the county alone.

Crews were busy clearing tree limbs off power lines and getting rural customers back on the grid.

But they say Sunday night's snowfall was nothing compared to the one we had earlier this month.

For Erma Harris, no power was no problem. She spent the morning lounging on her sofa, catching up on some reading.

Duncan Hollow Loop lost power around 2 a.m. Monday. And, just a few minutes after our interview, crews with Central Virginia Electric Cooperative came to the rescue.

"I believe it was a pine tree that fell due to the weight of the snow," Greg Quick said, Outside Services Coordinator for CVEC.

The electric company says the further west you go in Nelson County, the mountainous terrain and thick tree lines make their work even harder.

Harris went six days without power during the last snowfall, a storm that did more damage than June's Derecho.

The Martin's Store substation, serves roughly 4,000 customers in Nelson County. CVEC officials say it's where they're dealing with blown fuses and circuit breakers.

"Yes, been busy due to the type of snow being a wet snow, sticking to a lot of trees and power lines," Quick explained.

One perk about working out in the country though, you're often greeted by your first name.

And people like Erma Harris, wouldn't trade her view of the Blue Ridge for having electricity.

"You just deal with it," she said.

CVEC doesn't know when power will be restored to everyone, they just ask that you be patient and check their Facebook page for the latest numbers.