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Dominion Fixes Street Lights After 8News Inquiry

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Residents living in a stretch of Radford Avenue reached out to 8News Monday after nearly two months in the dark.

According to residents, the street lights illuminating the 4600 and 4700 blocks of Radford Avenue in Richmond have been dark since storms knocked out power to the area in late June. After 8News started investigating, the lights came back on.

When the storms came through on June 25th, winds toppled a tree in the neighborhood, taking down a power line. While power was restored quickly to homes in the area, the street lights have remained dark, causing residents to worry for their safety.

"The neighbors and myself have been continually calling Dominion Virginia Power," said Marilyn Creech, who lives on Radford Avenue. "It just seems like no matter what we do Dominion will not come and fix the problem."

"I think it creates a very bad situation," Creech said.

8News reporter Nate Eaton decided to call Dominion Virginia Power and inquire into the situation. Within an hour, Dominion crews showed up at the scene and began repair work. A spokesman said they had already been out to the neighborhood that morning and were already planning to start repair work Monday evening.

In a statement, Dominion said "We thank the neighbors for their patience. When streetlights are inoperable it poses a public safety issue, and safety is our most important focus."

Neighbors told us they think they would still be in the dark if 8News hadn't become involved.

"I do believe if you had not showed up no telling what century or year this would be fixed," said Creech. "We're very grateful you came out to do the story."

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