LOUISA, Va. (WRIC) — The vast majority of Louisa residents are still without power a day after a winter storm dumped nearly a foot of snow on the county.
Just after 1:00 p.m., Louisa County opened a warming shelter at the Holly Grove Fire Department, 143 Factory Mill Rd. Residents will have to provide their own transportation to the shelter.
An overnight shelter will be open at the Louisa County Middle School. Cots and blankets will be provided by the county, but residents are encouraged to bring their own personal supplies.
Most Louisa residents are served by the Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC), with a smaller number receiving power from Dominion Energy and the Central Virginia Electric Cooperative (CVEC). According to outage data from the three companies, over 89% of residents were still without power as of 12:50 p.m.
In a Facebook post Monday night, the REC said they expected a “multi-day outage event,” with restoration efforts made more difficult by overnight freezing temperatures.
The Central Virginia Electric Cooperative posted an update at 2:36 p.m. Tuesday that crews were being dispatched to assess damage to power lines across their service area, but they warned that repairs could take days to complete and that some areas could remain without power until Thursday.
The REC said in a statement Tuesday morning that crews had been dispatched to areas across Central Virginia. As of 2:02 p.m., REC crews in Louisa were on-site restoring power in Plum Tree and Bumpass.
“We recognize this outage is having a significant impact on so many of our members,” said Casey Hollins, communications director for REC. “Our crews, contractors and other REC employees are thinking of our member-owners as we all work together to restore service as quickly and safely as possible.”
According to VDOT, large sections of Route 33 are still impassable due to downed trees. Numerous other county roads have been shut down in the county, and VDOT recommends residents stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary.