Power Crews Wrapping Up Repairs in Lynchburg

Lynchburg, VA - Power crews have worked around the clock to make progress in Lynchburg's power restoration after Thursday's storm.

A total of 39 customers on Grove and Wadsworth Streets were left in the dark after the storm, and crews were there all day Saturday cutting down a toppled tree and replacing a broken utility pole.

Several people in the area were still frustrated about the lack of power, but most were happy to see those workers out there, including Ronald Richards.

Richards sits on his porch every day overlooking Miller Park. On Saturday, however, his view was a little different. The area was also a lot noisier as crews with Appalachian Power work to restore power on Grove Street.

He says he's not mad about the outage.

"No, I'm not upset."

The 73-year-old says he likes watching the power company work.

"Yea, it's different. I love it. I don't see how in the world they do that kinda work," he said.

Smith Fletcher, the power line supervisor with APCO, says repairs like the one on Grove St. take a while because crews have to be really careful.

"There is still a lot of danger here for wires and stuff that are going across the road for people that's walking the road there," said Fletcher.

After the crews finish cutting trees and removing all the branches from the line, the power crews come in. They put in a whole new utility pole and a transformer.

The last task is to transfer the hanging conductors to the new pole.

"Then. we'll get with our dispatch and let them know that we are ready to close in the fuse that feeds these 39 customers," said Fletcher.

That includes Richards, who says he'll be a little sad the show is over.

"I'm not worried about the power. If this is going on every day, I'll sit here and watch it," he said laughing.

APCO officials say they hope to restore power to the rest of customers by Monday night.