UPDATED: Widespread Power Outage in Arlington

by ARLnow.com May 9, 2011 at 1:50 pm 8,171 21 Comments

(Updated at 2:25 p.m.) Power has been restored after a widespread outage in Arlington, Dominion says.

Power was restored just after 1:50 p.m., according to Dominion spokeswoman Le-Ha Anderson. She said the outage, which lasted 38 minutes, was caused by a malfunctioning piece of equipment at the company’s Clarendon power substation.

Nearly 8,000 Dominion customers in Arlington lost power at the height of the outage, Anderson said.

Several traffic lights went dark in the Clarendon, Virginia Square and Ballston areas around 1:15 p.m. Police directed traffic at the busy intersection of Washington Boulevard and N. Quincy Street — near the Arlington Central Library — during the outage.

There were also several reports of people who were stuck in elevators that stopped when then the power went out.

  • Shawn

    The lights flickered in the Pentagon, I wonder if they are related

  • Meat


  • brendan

    flickered along 4MR as well but stayed on.

  • bennynojets

    This doesn’t look good for the pot roast I have in my crock pot.

    • Andy

      Haven’t you heard of Pot Roast Tartare? It’s all the rage. I think they even serve it at Mad Rose.

    • oh, I’m so sorry!!! Better get take-out on your way home.

      • oh and our power flickered – I’m in Skyline – right at the border of Arlington and Fairfax.

  • KalashniKEV

    I just got a momentary outage the last time ARLnow had a story like this- turns out I have a backup generator…

  • TGEoA

    Power came back about 10 mins ago

  • ballston chick

    Happened to be looking at a clock when the power went out at 1:14pm. Came back at 1:54.

  • Katie

    I’ve got news for Dominion Power…I’m sitting in my Ballston office building at 2:23 pm and there sure as heck isn’t any power here.

  • Larchmont

    I’m in 1525 Wilson Blvd. Lost power twice for about 10 mins each time. Word from Dominion is that we may continue to exprience brief outages until they get their part replaced.

  • Chris

    Lights flickered here on Wash Blvd between Westover and EFC Metro.

    • PhilL


  • CrystalMikey

    Lights also flickered down here in Crystal City.

  • barlington

    i work in ballston. our PM called a meeting to tell us all we could go home, when the power came back on

    • kc

      PM? You work for a Prime Minister?

  • SoCo Resident

    NO WATER all afternoon south of Courthouse due to major water main break on Pershing Dr. due to the construction of the Lee Center. Which is worse: no electricity or no water? Ask the kids with one bathroom at Bluebird Day School?

  • JamesE

    I better not have to reset my microwave clock, that infuriates me!

  • John Andre

    Had a brief computer outage some time between 1 and 2 pm, that’s all.

  • Skeptical

    Did anyone else’s Internet connection go wonky? I was on the phone with Verizon for an hour between 3 and 4, trying to figure out why I couldn’t connect, although I was outside the power outage area. Several people have commented since that scrambled power gradients could have stunned my router.


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