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Areas Where Dominion Crews Will Be Working Today

by ARLnow.com July 3, 2012 at 10:00 am 5,340 146 Comments

Dominion has released the following list of roads and intersections in Arlington where its crews are planning on working today (Tuesday).

Dominion says its on track to restore power to 80-85 percent of customers affected by Friday’s storms by the end of the day today. The company says 90-95 percent of affected customers should be back on line by Thursday night, with “virtually all remaining customers” restored by Saturday night.

Dominion crews and mutual aid crews will be working through the Fourth of July holiday, the company said.

As of 10:00 a.m., there were 15,654 Dominion customers still without power in Arlington, according to the company’s outage map. The planned power line work sites today are:

  • 14th St S
  • 16th St South
  • 4th St N & Washington Blvd
  • 6th St & N Lincoln St
  • Arlington Ridge Rd @ S 23rd St
  • Barton St & 2nd St
  • Carlyn Springs Rd & S 1st Pl
  • Columbia Pike & S Scott St
  • Lorcom Ln & Nellie Custis
  • N 23 Rd St & N Fillmore St
  • N 26th St & N Glebe Rd
  • N 29th St & Westmoreland St
  • N 30th St
  • N 36th St & N Kensington St
  • N Columbus St
  • N Kenilworth St
  • N Kennebec St
  • N Nelson La & N 27th St
  • N Pershing Dr @ N Oxford St
  • N 9th St & N Fairfax Dr
  • N Somerset St & Little Falls St
  • N. 13th St. & Buchanan St.
  • N. 26th St & N. Harrison S
  • N. Harrison St & N. 26th St
  • N. Woodrow St & 21st St
  • S 17th St.
  • S Courthouse Rd
  • S Frederick St
  • S Highland St
  • S Pollard St
  • S Taylor St
  • S Veitch St
  • S. 16th St & S. Nelson St
  • Washington Blvd
  • Wilson Blvd & N Liberty St

Flickr pool photo by ddimick

  • CourthouseChris

    WTF – I don’t see Rhodes, Key, or Troy on that list. CVII is getting screwed.

    • NorthArlingTim

      Courthouse Chris – my thoughts EXACTLY. I live in CV also. Feh.

  • afvincent

    I’m disappointed not to see South Aberdeen on the list, but that’s admittedly just my being selfish. Here’s hoping that they make some solid progress through the day, and that the heat breaks sooner rather than later.

    • Evan

      Unfortunately, South Aberdeen and the rest of that neighborhood is always last on the list. One year we went without power for almost a month

      • drax

        A month?

        When was that?

      • afvincent

        Spectacular news! My wife and I move into our new place there on Saturday. Nothing says “fun” like moving without electricity.

  • Justin

    I saw this list yesterday. My power is still not on. this list means nothing.

    • Observer

      It varies. I have family in the Williamsburg area where the list yesterday indicated they were working all around. Voila, power came back on for them yesterday.

      My street is on the list today, for the first time. I will report the results later.

    • drax

      I get it now. Justin is Corey.

      You had us all going for a while there.

    • ShirliMan

      I never saw my area on the list, but my power was restored at 3:00 am this morning (at Heatherlea condos at corner of Arlington Mill and Walter Reed)

  • DB

    S. Dinwiddie is still blocked near Walter Reed b/c of a downed line and sad to see it’s not on the list either.

    • Douglas Parker

      I saw that yesterday around 5PM trying to cut up towards Skyline avoiding Rt. 7 (mess as usual). That was quite a sight with the whole electrical pole snapped and suspending entirely by the wires!

      Good Luck to you. Hope you get power back SOON!

  • Ballston View

    Two areas on this list have had power since Saturday. Maybe they should spend less time on lists and more time on….

  • Ridge

    What about 23rd and Ridge??????

    • WeiQiang

      See “Arlington Ridge Rd @ S 23rd St”

      BTW, did they open 23rd? Looked like folks were racing down the hill this morning and I couldn’t see far enough up the hill to see if the cones were down and the squirrels were still directing traffic in the absence of any other authority.

      • lilypad

        23rd was still closed at 7:00 this morning. Squirrels had abandoned their posts. Lazy cowards.

        • Freddie

          … and they ran out on their tab at Freddie’s after a rousing karaoke rendition of “Bring In The Clowns”

          • drax

            That’s a clown comment, bro.

            No, really, it literally is a comment involving clowns. Don’t hate me.

          • Trish

            🙂

        • MyHood

          They had a big night at Freddie’s

  • Bullet Tooth Tony:

    not on list. FML. i’m sleeping at the office again. Don’t judge me.

    • WeiQiang

      what’s unusual about that? I sleep here all the time.

      • drax

        And you drive home when you need to use the bathroom.

        • WeiQiang

          You SEE that??

          • drax

            Oh, forgot to mention I’m stalking you now. Have been since, well, you know.

          • WeiQiang

            that’s the magic of the suitcase, brah.

  • Westover Leftover

    make sure they don’t trip over the electrical cord on Kenilworth St. running from one apartment building to another.

    • Observer

      lol, saw that.

      On another note, I hope that chick doesn’t let her dog out again and go yelling at 2:00am for it.

      • WeiQiang

        “Rebel! Reeeebellllll!

        • Observer

          I think the dog’s name is Google. Some chick going through the neighborhood in the middle of the night yelling Google when I have no AC is enough to make me stabby.

          • Bing Crosbie

            I get that alot.

          • WeiQiang

            well, sorry to hear that. I was just riffing off of ‘Reno 911’. and just remember that the last person to stab someone who was running amok in their neighborhood got arrested.

          • Trish

            So looking for the dog is a Google search? Nice.

  • John

    Where is N 18th st? Most houses in my neighborhood got power two days ago except for a cluster of about dozen houses for some reason.

  • MyHood

    BTW, I actually spoke with a human at Dom this morning. She claims that they are estimating that 80-85% of Dom customers will have power by this evening, and 90-95% by Thursday evening. She gave no estimate on the last 5% and I had to ask her – given that she made no mention of Wednesday – whether they planned to work round the clock even over the holiday. She said yes, but I have my doubts.

    • WestoverAndOver

      According to their tweets, they are working on July 4.

      • Suburban Not Urban

        I would work – probably get 4X or 8X pay – could take a week off some other time and still be whole.

    • WeiQiang

      I think we’re aiming to be part of the 1% in SARWOK … the last one percent to be restored. I kind of get that SFH neighborhoods have the least density, but I don’t have to like it.

  • Does it really?

    I hope the homes without power on 18th St. S. are attached to one of those areas.

    • MyHood

      Right there with you.

    • WeiQiang

      I think the best we can hope for is that the work at Ridge & 23rd has some effect.

      • MyHood

        Agree.

        • WeiQiang

          Just went by the house. No change in status. The squirrels are hauling the power tools out of our garage and setting up a yard sale.

          • MyHood

            Well it’s not like you need them. We are going to have laundry emergency in a couple more days. Right now the washer and dryer are just scrap metal.

          • WeiQiang

            Let’s schlep down to the Crystal City WaterPark with our laundry to wash it in the fountain.

            It’s times like THESE where that sprayground in VA Highlands would come in really handy.

  • KJS

    Just have to say how disappointing it is the way this whole emergency was managed. Does anyone know what the Governor has been doing all this time? And who thinks telling people to go to a website for information about resources during an extended power outage makes any sense? I lived in Mass. before coming here and in 2010 when we had a “catastrophic” water emergency that lasted for about three days (and we are talking about 2 million people) the state government’s response was amazing. There was water trucked into retail outlets within hours of the emergency. Along with the government, the radio and news stations kept people informed, really informed (not just telling them to check a website, for example, WTOP). And everyone was asked to call friends and family to tell them not to drink the water in case they had not heard the news. (I had three people call me.) The city of Boston even distributed paper fliers to public housing units.

    I just got my electric back this morning and I live in an area where there are no wires or poles and minimal damage. The government and the local news (including radio) deserve a c or d for how they have handled this. And the governor seems to be absent other than to tell people to ” be patient.” What will they do when we have a really big, longer lasting disaster?

    • drax

      What do you want them to do, truck in electricity?

      • New Guy

        drax,

        What is your problem, do you work for the power company? Maybe you did not have your power out at all. People are allowed to question the response of the power company and the local government. I saw you cutting on people yesterday who felt the response of the power company was weak. This guy is making a good observation.

        relax and let people state ideas different than yours without the sarcasm.

        • drax

          I did have my power out, thanks. I’m glad it’s on now, but I didn’t make useless complaints while it was out.

        • P.D.

          I believe Drax is just thinking with some common sense.

          • Edison

            P.d., he was being an insufferable prig.

    • IP678

      This was not a water outage. Don’t judge.

      And Arlington sent several messages out asking for people to check on neighbors.

    • Paul

      Yeah. Because there’s nothing like grandstanding politicians to make the lights come on quicker.

    • Suburban Not Urban

      I’ve got to agree with the radio – that was my only source of info for the first 36 hours and Arlington 1700 was nothing but boiler plate and 1500 and 630 were still playing shows about getting a colonoscopy or fixing your car. I stumbled on 99.1FM late and that seemed about the best.

      • kertsocks

        +100. This type of emergency info is the only thing AM radio is good for anymore, and what did we get? See above post.

    • ShirliMan

      I agree about WTOP. I was home listening to WTOP on a battery powered radio, and they kept instructing to go to their website for more info. Yeah, that’s helpful. It seemed like they stopped saying that later. Someone must have called them on it.

  • N Herndon Guy

    This whole situation is BS. Dominion is ridiculous. They tout how many workers they have on the problem right now, but the fact remains that they paid out $1B last year in dividends to shareholders. They should be forced to spend more on reliability upgrades and vegetation removal at these rates. Wholesale power rates are as low as ever (look at natty gas); they’re making a killing right now and trying to spin themselves as working hard. If they’d invest some in local T&D upgrades, we wouldn’t have these issues every year.

    Still no power in my part of Lyon Village…

    • John Fontain

      “They should be forced to spend more on reliability upgrades and vegetation removal at these rates.”

      Many power lines were downed due to fallen trees. The only way to prevent those lines from being affected would have been to remove the trees in their entirety. I can’t imagine too many people here in Arlington being thrilled with the idea of removing thousands of whole trees just because they might fall and reach a power line.

    • John Fontain

      And as you know, it’s BCN Village.

  • drax

    1. Power goes out.
    2. People freak out about it and call for all kinds of radical, expensive solutions.
    3. Power comes back on.
    4. People forget about it or the find out how much it would all cost.
    5. Repeat.

    • Biker

      Exactly!

      • Lee-n-Glebe

        Ditch the Folly Trolley and use the money undergrounding power lines. I know it’s $1mm / mile or whatever. I’m not saying it should be done all at once, either. Could easily be a 15-20 year project. But every little bit helps.

        This is not a new problem. Snow storms, ice storms, high winds take out trees and power lines. Not every day, but often enough that it should make the CB think about how much money they could save in costs over the long term.

        • drax

          It’s not just the cost. This means digging up pretty much every single street in the county.

        • C02isYourFriend

          Yeah, lets stop spending money on transit and silly bike lanes, and use it to make it easier to get through the power outages that will become more and more common, for reasons that have like nothing to do with cars or coal, or anything like that.

          • drax

            1. Gas prices go up.
            2. People freak out about it and call for all kinds of radical, expensive solutions.
            3. Gas prices go back down.
            4. People forget about it or the find out how much it would all cost.
            5. Repeat.

    • Cyrus

      6. Collect underpants

    • Justin

      Power has not come back on.

      • drax

        Yes, power has come back on for about a million people.

        Power has not come back on for YOU, you mean. YOU YOU YOU.

        • Justin

          Power still not back on.

          • Charlie

            I am sure your were singled out.

          • Edison

            Being within the last 1.5% to have their power restored was approaching being singled out.

          • drax

            Somebody has to be last. Doesn’t mean you were picked out to be last because Dominion doesn’t like you. What childishness.

          • Edison

            For some technical reason there is no “Reply” link to drax’s remark August 6th, 2012 8:49 am below this post, so I will respond to it here.

            By his own admission, July 1st, 2012 9:06pm, drax confessed on Arlington Now that he went only 24 hours without power. Justin, by contrast, went six days and nights without power, along with hundreds of his neighbors in Claremont.So it is egregiously talking the walk to presume to lecture anyone about “childishness.”

            More to the point, I will restate what I’ve noted elsewhere:

            According to Dominion Virginia Power’s power restoration protocol, outage areas in the neighborhoods are to be prioritized by population size.

            The issue with Claremont was that by Dominion’s own priority protocol for “going into the neighborhoods”, the contiguous area of Claremont still without power–several blocks and streets– by July 4th was classified on Dominion’s own interactive outage map as a green dot outage area of 50-250 accounts. (Actually, hundreds of people there were without power, all from one single correctable cause.) It therefore had a larger population than the many smaller blue dots (0-50 accounts) that remained by July 4th and should have received priority over them, which it was not receiving; all larger, higher priority areas denoted by red, orange and yellow dots had already been restored.

            Whether due to pressure from the Arlington County government (political favoritism?), inadvertence or whatever, more attention was being given to places that Dominion’s own criteria placed lower in priority.

            Still nothing was being done by the afternoon of Wednesday, July 4th. Only after some exasperated Claremont citizens contacted WJLA Channel 7 and its expose reports were broadcast that evening was any response embarassedly made. Finally, the next day, the power was restored in response to the pushback. So, to say “someone has to be last” is, without merit in this context.

            Yes, someone, or some group of someones, has to be last, but not if they had every right not to be.

    • John Fontain

      drax, this is exactly what happened with the huge snows of the winter of 2009/2010. Two huge, freak snowfalls resulted in a massive uprising by people which resulted in our snow removal ordinance. I also remember people screaming that the county should buy a huge fleet of snow blowers for the citizens in case it happened again. Last winter we barely got a dusting of snow and nobody cares about the snow blowers or the ordinance anymore.

    • Kiffee

      +1000

  • Tre

    Forget the street car and lets start sticking these utilities UNDER GROUND!!!!!!!

    • drax

      There was an article in the WashPost today about that. Pepco did an analysis of what it would cost in DC. We can assume it would be roughly the same cost here.

      According to the article and my math, it comes out to about $25,000 total per customer.

      I’d rather go without power for a few days every ten years or so.

      Though I can understand how devastating this is for many businesses.

      • Westover Leftover

        every 10 year?

        every 6 months we lose power

        • drax

          No, not every 6 months.

          It might be less than 10 years between big storms, but not everyone loses power each time. I’d guess the average per customer is about 10 years. But that’s just a guess.

          • Justin

            You mean you don’t KNOW everything? What?

          • drax

            I don’t know everything.

            I do know that things happen even when I don’t see them happening. I learned that as an infant. You?

          • Justin

            I see that my power is not on.

      • ShirliMan

        I saw that article. My first question was how they define a customer. An office building, any commercial establishment, or an apt building that includes utilities in the rent could be one customer. So I wonder what the estimated average cost per single residential customer would be.

        • drax

          I looked at the article again – the numbers applied to residential customers only.

      • QP Res

        I was about to say, with Pepco, a light breeze knocks out power for 1/2 their customers.

      • Keith

        Make developers pay for undergrounding elsewhere in the county in exchange for bonus density.

        • Tre

          I like it

    • Charlie

      Local governmnet has no control over your Power or Communications. Complain to Dominion and Verizon.

  • JnA

    South Dinwiddie in Claremont? Age of wood electric poles, wood cross members, hardware, wire, insulators, is approximately 50 years.

  • JimPB

    Lots of understandable unhappiness and lashing out. But an informed and considered assessment and analysis are needed. Most of all, I’d like to see more facts.

    RE: trees downing power lines. The fallen trees that have impacted power lines that I’ve seen here in north Arlington wouldn’t have been touched by even the severe trimming of trees whose branches were near power lines that I’ve seen PEPCO do in Montgomery County. Do you really want to remove or whack off the top (not recommended by arborists) of every tree that could impact a power line if it were toddled? Costly. And that would have a substantial negative impact on tree cover in ARLCo.

    Some questions RE: Dominion’s response.
    — What was the “lead time” on the severity of the storm? My sense is that it was only hours, but that’s only an impression and not something based on facts.
    — When did Dominion focus on responding to the impact of the storm? — When were local and “assistance” crews called to the work of restoring power?
    — What was the necessary lag time for crews to pack, drive here and get to work sites?
    — What provisions were made to provide food and water and cooling for the crews working in the oppressive heat (something those of us who were clearing branches and otherwise without A/C know well)?
    — How well did ARLCo and Dominion coordinate on making sure that power was off where trees had downed power lines so that trees could be removed safely and as rapidly as possible?

    ARLNow.Com — can you help get facts out?

    Last but not least: Kudos to the crews who have been working so long and hard in the oppressive heat to restore power. A community recognition for them is in order.

    • Kiffee

      Well said.

    • Loocy

      The National Storm Prediction Center didn’t upgrade the threat warnings until 9 pm, about 2 hours before the Derecho hit this area. Earlier reports were just of “late night thunderstorms, possibly strong” as the thing was forming and beginning to make its way toward DC.

    • Charlie

      Thank you.

  • soarlslacker

    Hey, if you have power and you see the Power Crews working take them cold Gatorade or water. Be grateful that you have power. Invite your frinds that have no power to stay at your place. Sleeping on a cool floor is a lot better than sleeping on a hot floor.
    Yesterday I was on Rt 1 and stopped for 4 Dom Pwr guys to cross to the gas station, eventually everyone stopped to let them cross. The guys were probably just trying to get somehting cold to drink.
    Off to do laundry for the for house guests!

    • WeiQiang

      nice, man

    • drax

      Great post.

  • my street was never on the list and we got power yesterday. Truthfully, I could never figure out why we lost power because I never saw power lines or trees on the ground. But I think my light was connected to some other major street that was on the list – I just didn’t know it.

    So if you don’t see your street on the list, call Dominion again and report it again, and don’t worry about the list. You may well be linked to a street on the list and not even know it.

  • JimPB

    P.S. to comment above.
    RE: Trees that can down power lines if the trees topple.

    The big old trees in north Arlington are being lost to old age and disease and the impact of storms — but most of all they are being lost to rebuilding (demolishing the original ramblers, clearing the lot, and then building a quasi-McMansion). So the sky line has changed substantially, and the risk of one of these trees downing a power line has dived. The summer shade and cooling of those trees has also been substantially diminished.

    Trees that could grow tall are not in the landscaping plans for the new homes. My guess: the owners want to show off their McMansions, and a large tree (or two or more) would impair the view of their mansions and the status conveyed by such views. Of course, they pay dearly in higher costs for energy to cool (the sun bakes down on their homes unimpaired by tree leaves) and to heat (no buffer from the cold north winds). And the environment suffers in multiple ways.

    • drax

      My house was hot, but not unbearably, while we lost power – because it’s shaded by lots of trees.

      That also saves us big money on our electric bill when the power is on.

      • Justin

        Good for you drax. Not everyone had it so easy.

        • drax

          True.

          My point was that trees have value.

  • Oldtimer

    This is a very incomplete list because stupid Dominion put a number of Arlington addresses under Alexandria. If you go to the Dominion website you’ll see that there are many, many more locations in Arlington where Dominion is sending crews. Look under Alexandria.

    • Loocy

      Okay, that’s encouraging. However, I see no crews and should I worry that they are looking for an Emerson Street in Alexandria instead of North Arlington?

    • Donna

      I noticed that as well and called as well as emailed. They just said the crews will get the correct information. I’m not so sure because still no sign of them at Williamsburg and Sycamore.

  • Oldtimer

    Here’s the link. Remember look under Alexandria and Arlington.

    https://www.dom.com/storm-center/crew-work-locations.jsp

  • othersideoftheriver

    A lot of the trees I’ve seen down in the past couple of days are ones that snapped because of invasive vines — wisteria and porcelainberry, mostly, though English ivy is also a culprit.

    Don’t plant them, folks, and kill them where you see them. Pretend they’re zombies.

    • Loocy

      Yes, those vines weaken the trees and make them much more vulnerable to winds. Clear your vines everybody!

  • cucmber

    North Livingston at 5th Pl. is still blocked with a downed line and some homemade “ROAD CLOSED” signs because even though the tree was cleared, the wire is still in the road. No, neither of these streets are under any jurisdiction in any list, and when I asked Dominion about it, they gave me the pat “We’re aware of it and we’re working ’round the clock.”

    There is a workaround for this blockage, but the major problem is that Livingston connects to Wilson Blvd, and that’s the major thoroughfare for firetrucks and other emergency vehicles to get from Wilson Blvd to the Lockwood House senior home. If they need to get to Lockwood house, they have to needle through a bunch of side streets just to progress 100 feet down Livingston.

  • AO

    No movement all day or signs of interest in 23rd and Arlington Ridge. Very frustrating. I know the crews are working hard and under wretched conditions. My gripe is with a company that supplies essentially meaningless updates without enough specificity to be meaningful. T situation at 23rd and Ridgge is ridiculous and I’m sure it’s repeated a lot in the county. A country worker told me today there is intense frustration at Dominion Power’s non communication with the county. The county has workers ready to take down problem limbs on lines and only needs a green light or some information from DP and they wait days for a response. I’m very disappointed in the poor communication between DP and Arlington.

    Reading that 95 percent will have power by Saturday means little if you don’t have power. Why is it so impossible to give a meaningful update with an estimate based on a street or address?

    • Justin

      It’s all part of the grand plan. According to drax you are incredibly selfish to put your needs before those of any other person in Virginia, nay, the mid-Atlantic for feeling frustrated that your power is not back on 4 days after a thunderstorm.

      Also when you do see the Dominion workers a week or two later on your street, make sure to offer them a frozen treat and bow down in gratitude.

    • Charlie

      They should probably set that up just for you?

      • Edison

        Guys like you obviously didn’t spend six days and nights without power. We in Claremont would probably have had to wait until Saturday July 7 if we hadn’t gone to WJLA Channel 7 to expose the situation.

        The Washington Post on July 7th carried a good article about this sort of thing, even though it was about a Bethesda locale (PEPCO): “Still Sweating It Out on North Brook Lane.”

    • MyHood

      Really, nothing at 23rd and Ridge? Le Sigh. I actually dared to hope, when it appeared on the list this morning, that we’d get power back today.

  • nom de guerre

    As of 11 am today, Virginia Hospital Center was still operating on backup generators. This does not bode well for the rest of the County and the region as I believe hospitals should be a top priority for Dominion.

    • Justin

      I can’t believe you expect hospitals to expect power 4 days after a storm? Who do you think you are? Drax will be disgusted by your comment.

      • nom de guerre

        Hi, Corey. What’s cookin’? Sam’s Corner is offering free sandwiches tomorrow. Only while the power lasts.

        • Edison

          Jerk.

      • drax

        Do not speak for me.

        • Edison

          The issue with Claremont, where Justin was, drax, was that by Dominion’s own priority protocol for “going into the neighborhoods”, the contiguous area of Claremont still without power–several blocks and streets– by July 4th was classified on Dominion’s own interactive outage map as a green dot outage area of 50-250 accounts. (Actually, hundreds of people there were without power, all from one single correctable cause.) It therefore had a larger population than the many smaller blue dots (0-50 accounts) that remained by July 4th and should have received priority before then, which it was not. Whether due to pressure from Arlington county government (political favoritism ?), inadvertence or whatever, more attention was being given to places that Dominion’s own criteria placed lower in priority.

          Nothing was being done. Only after some citizens contacted WJLA Channel 7 and its reports were broadcast was any response made. Finally, the next day, the power was restored in response to the pushback. so, to say “someone as to be last” is, without merit in this context.

          • Edison

            CORRECTIONS: Paragraph one, line 7, “…priority before then” should read “priority before them”

            Paragraph two, line 3, “someone as to be” should read “someone has to be”

            Also, I did not speak for you, drax. My “jerk” comment at August 5th, 2012 4:39 pm was to nom de guerre’s reply at July 3rd, 2012 5:26 pm to Justin’s at July 3rd, 2012 4:44 pm.

  • AO

    There is a truck at Arlington Ridge and 23rd now by the stoplight.

    They have got the stoplight working but haven’t seen themove on to the downed power line on 23rd. It’s still blocked off. But hopeful seeing trucks nearby!

    • MyHood

      Yay. Fingers crossed.

  • FreakEconomist22204

    Not one single publicized DomPo resource is being sent to the Columbia Heights West Neighborhood (bordered by Dinwiddie, S 7th, Col Pike, Carlin Springs).

    Truly is a rich man’s world — at least in Arlington.

    • Loocy

      There are plenty of people in the “rich” neighborhoods who are without power, freakecon.

  • AO

    Not sure it will make a difference, but it can’t hurt: I sent an email via the contact page to the Arlington County Board. I got a quick response and a reply they were sending on my concern to Dominion Power. It may be spitting in the ocean, but the public has a right to make noise with the utility companies. Yes, the crews are working hard, but to my mind that doesn’t mean consumers abdicate their right to demand more transparency on progress on restoration. Maybe it’s just me, but the lack of specificity in their progress and plan seems unacceptable.

    I know this was an unforeseen event, but that doesn’t mean Dominion Power gets to remain unaccountable. I guess I’m just very weary of rehashes of their self-congratulatory press releases, which is all I see in the media. I’m more heartened by the (apparent) responsiveness of County authorities who are largely at their mercy.

    Apologies for typos. I really can’t type on a phone or edit properly.

    • Edison

      Totally agree, AO, neither the Arlington County government nor Dominion Virginia Power gets to remain unaccountable, despite what their shills like drax would have us all believe.

      I don’t know if at this late date in August 2012 very many are still reading these derecho aftermath posts, but for the sake of historical truth the reality has to be stated: It is a delusionary fantasy that their power restoration effort was some sort of disinterested, dispassionate, impartial, merit-based effort without favoritism towards certain neighborhoods.

      It is true that, for technical reasons, the beginning of the process, with its emphasis on critical infrastructure and public health and safety concerns, was largely necessary and unavoidable. But once the “going into the neighborhoods” phase was reached, you can be sure that the Arlington County Board or its representatives behind closed doors were “suggesting” and nudging Dominion into certain neighnorhoods before others. Jack Brown referred to the unnamed “decision makers” in a way that meant he was not one of them.

      Dominion has to rely on approval by local governments of their applications for various infrastructure projects, so the county has considerable leverage; Dominion has to stay on their right side and not make enemies by insisting on their own preferences. Anyone who thinks Dominion was given complete freedom to proceed as it wished in the neighborhoods is blowing smoke.

  • Lostpower again

    Please add 35th and n Utah to list soon, got 2 very pregnant neighbors and an 85 year old with no power.

  • MyHood

    Home now. Still no power SOARWOK. Is it possible that the house is absorbing and storing heat for winter because by god it is hotter than ever? Tree on 23rd still resting comfortably. I did see my first Dom truck driving up our street. He didn’t stop. He sort of sped up when I yelled “please help us” from my front porch. At least it amused me to do it. SO would be mortified.

    • WeiQiang

      + 18

  • AO

    Yes. At 5:30 there were three trucks at 23rd and Ridge Road. They’re gone. And the limb is still on the line blocking 23rd St traffic at Ft Scott. And, presumably, doing its job keeping power at bay. Good night all. Let’s hope tomorrow or tonight brings welcome news for all sweltering and increasingly weary Arlingtonians.

    • WeiQiang

      Have the squirrels set up their tolls booth on Fort Scott yet?

      • WeiQiang

        Toll booth

  • MyHood

    The Power came on at river house about an hour ago. I could hear the cheering from my front porch. Good for them. Then the storm rolled in. I doubt that they will be repairing in the lightning. Another night with power out for us.

  • Ken F

    Much of Williamsburg Blvd in N. Arlington, including the Williamsburg Shopping Center, still has no power. The culprit is a downed power line at the intersection of Williamsburg and N. Somerset.

    Dominion Power is nowhere to be found in this area, whose residents include some Caps/Nationals.

  • MyHood

    According to SO tree on 23rd was GONE when he drove by around 10:45 but the street was still closed. Still didn’t have power.

    • WeiQiang

      Got it. Thx. Coming home for a bit to clean the fridge. It appears that we’re on track to be part of the 1% … the last one percent to have their power restored.

      • Loocy

        Do you know if Arlington is going to have any dropoff points for bags of rotten food? I hate to wait for the trash pickup.

  • Loocy

    We have a hardworking crew from Georgia replacing the downed transformer at Emerson and North 25th Place!

    Harrison Street shopping center is still completely out, except for Harris Teeter which has generators. CVS at Harrison and Lee Highway has power. There is a power crew working behind the shopping center so maybe there will be good news there soon.

  • MyHood

    Power, we have power!

    • WeiQiang

      Nice!!! Congrats!!! Got a call from DP saying they had done work and we should have power … but we don’t. We’re the + in SARWOK +. Contacted DP And they called back to confirm that we still don’t have power. Waiting.

  • MyHood

    There are 3-4 DP guys at corner of 23rd and Kent. You should visit them.

  • AO

    So the limb is gone on S 23rd and the road is open, but but but no power. Dang! Myhood: may I ask where you are on proximity to 23rd and Fort Scott?

  • AO

    Wei-Qiang: are you near S 23rd? Just trying to zero down to where they claim they’ve restored power. As for the person who asked about trash, there’s no special drop off. They’re advising folks to bag tightly and toss a little ammonia or some moth balls into the Supercans to mask odors and keep rodents away. (I read this on the County website and a neighbor who’s a county worker for the Dept of Environmental Servuces confirmed.

    • WeiQiang

      AO: Thx for the info.

      No. Not near 23rd. Closer to 18th. West of Joyce. The house with the squirrels looting it.

  • AO

    Thanks Wei-Qiang. I’m south of 23rd just where Joyce and June meet. Across the street the never lost power. Like you, we are entering Day Six and are disappointed that the “fix” at Ft Scott and 23rd did nothing. Stay safe!

  • AO

    Power just came back on S June. Hallelujah.

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