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Appalachian Power working to get all power restored for those affected by storms

Downed trees and a power line near VES Road (Photo courtesy of Shane VanHook)

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- Appalachian Power said employees are in the field continuing to assess the damage left by Sunday evening's weather event.

They began their assessment work Sunday night and will continue throughout Monday.

Employees have reported damaged electrical wire, broken power poles, and cross arms caused by heavy rain, high winds, downed trees, and other wind blown debris.

At the height of the storm, approximately 20,000 customers were without electric service with the bulk of the power outages in the City of Lynchburg, Amherst, and Campbell County areas.

They said approximately 30 contract crews will help Appalachian Power employees with restoration work with the majority of these workers dedicated to the Lynchburg area.

The contract crews coming in to assist are from parts of Virginia and West Virginia.

As of 12 p.m., 15,200 customers are without power in the Virginia service area, of that 14,000 were in Lynchburg, Amherst County, and Campbell County - Lynchburg has the most outages and damage with 10,000 outages.

Appalachian Power is continuing to assess damage at this time, but has set some preliminary restoration times as follows:

With the exception of areas with extreme and/or isolated damage, the goal is to restore power by midnight Wednesday to customers in Lynchburg, Amherst, and Campbell County. In the Lovingston area, the goal is Tuesday, 6 p.m.

For all other areas, restoration is expected by midnight Tuesday.

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