Major Power Outage Along Rosslyn-Ballston Corridor

by ARLnow.com March 16, 2011 at 1:27 pm 2,829 16 Comments

Update at 1:55 p.m. — Dominion spokeswoman Le-Ha Anderson says: “Approximately 5,000 customers lost power this afternoon for about 30 minutes. We are still investigating the root cause of the outage, but in the meantime, were able to reroute the flow of electricity to get customers restored quickly and safely.”

A major power outage has been reported along the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor.

The outage seems to be centered in the Clarendon area, where numerous traffic lights are reported to be dark. There have also been several reports of stalled elevators, including one at the Arlington County police station in Courthouse. The fire department has responded to the police station to try to free an officer who’s said to be trapped in the elevator.

On its web site, Dominion says nearly 6,000 North Arlington customers are without power due to a damaged power line. Police just reported that Dominion expects to have power restored within the hour.

  • Lou

    No emergency backup power for the elevator in the police station? That’s a little surprising.

    • I don’t think the station is currently without power, but a short outage might have caused a malfunction.

      • Lou

        Glitches can happen, but the backup systems are supposed to cope. If a backup is even required for that particular elevator. Might want to have the building inspectors take a look at it.

  • CW

    Don’t panic!! Wait…PANIC!!! AGHHH!!!!

  • Chris

    I’m in the Fort Myer Heights area and things are back up and running as of 1:30 PM.

    • I first heard about the outage at 1:10. How long were you without power?

      • Mkt Common

        I’m in Clarendon (11th and Clarendon) and my power was out for 40 minutes, about 1pm to just now (as you can see because now I have access to the internets again!)

  • charlie

    Well if O’Connell can’t have their lights, why should those urban villagers have theirs? the church does control every thing…

  • arlgirl

    I was in Whole Foods at the time. You gotta love how nobody would evacuate when asked to leave and just continued shopping in the dark.

  • The “P” Word

    OMG how an I going to watch my porn!!!!! Damit I have to stick with looking at…….what you call those things again oh yea magazines. Lame!!!!!!!

    • R.Griffon

      Where would one procure these “magazines” of which you speak?

      You know, for research ‘n stuff. 🙂

  • steve

    not sure because I’m not at home now, but I live Between clarendon and court house, and once in a while, there’s this giant explosion sound, then the power goes out, at least briefly. Though usually comes on again within 30 seconds. Rarely it’s out for a long time, but does happen.

    Always preceeeded by that explosion sound.

    • SoCo Resident

      Am tired of regular “blinking clocks.” Kinda getting like the Third World around here. Seems Dominion should have to explain to each customer exactly why the power was disrupted. For a large metropolitant area, it is way too often.

  • John Andre

    Let’s hope Dominion isn’t catching the “PEPCO disease”…they’re probably blaming trees for it all.

  • arlgirl

    For now I’ll take the blips and 30 min once a year outages versus the weeks without power that routinely happen in Mont.Co…summer (storms) and winter (ice and snow).

  • Daniel Wendell

    Who really cares about a 30 minute outage in Clarendon. Fill us in on the status of Ballston, which has been out since the storm last night.


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