More Than 134,000 in VA Still Without Power

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More than 134,000 customers remain without electricity in Virginia following a winter storm that dumped up to 20 inches in parts of the state.
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Reverend Tax Dodge

Moneta, VA

#1 Mar 7, 2013
As long as tree huggers delight in watching limbs grow through and near power lines this problem will stay more prevalent than need be.
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Charlottesville, VA

#2 Mar 7, 2013
Reverend Tax Dodge wrote:
As long as tree huggers delight in watching limbs grow through and near power lines this problem will stay more prevalent than need be.
That's ridiculous. The power company is paid to take care of their lines and should take care of threatening overhanging branches.

If that's too difficult for them, the cables should be buried (at least in the city and urban areas of the county) like they do in other developed countries. It's not like storms are that unusual here.
Haha

Charlottesville, VA

#3 Mar 7, 2013
Reverend Tax Dodge wrote:
As long as tree huggers delight in watching limbs grow through and near power lines this problem will stay more prevalent than need be.
...lol
Zest for Life

Ruckersville, VA

#4 Mar 7, 2013
Haha wrote:
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...lol
Breathe much? What do you want to do, cut all the trees down? Your comment is pointless.
Zest for Life

Ruckersville, VA

#5 Mar 7, 2013
Reverend Tax Dodge wrote:
As long as tree huggers delight in watching limbs grow through and near power lines this problem will stay more prevalent than need be.
Sorry! This comment was meant to be a reply to this comment!
GoUVa

Culpeper, VA

#6 Mar 7, 2013
Reverend Tax Dodge wrote:
As long as tree huggers delight in watching limbs grow through and near power lines this problem will stay more prevalent than need be.
As someone that's been without power since 7:30 yesterday morning I thought it be appropriate to answer another It's Time To Whine Republican. Lets say you planted a tree on YOUR property and the power company came by and said they wanted to cut YOUR tree down because it could fall across their right of way and knock down power lines. You would exercise your rights and tell them to get the hell off your property. They call their local politician who introduces a bill to cut trees on peoples property and it passes. What happens next is the best part...you then get to blame it all on Obama because that's what bobble headed, It's Time To Whine" Republicans do best. To go along with the whining about taking your guns you have a new thing to whine about because he wants to take your rights to your property away. It's a win win situation bobble heads. It's Obama's fault!
sez you

Richmond, VA

#7 Mar 7, 2013
Maybe someday we'll catch up with the rest of the world. Power companies don't want to spend the money to put these lines underground where they should be cause that would take mpney away from investers so we continue to live in the "dark" ages. We get what we don't ask for.
King Ralph

Charlottesville, VA

#8 Mar 7, 2013
GoUVa wrote:
<quoted text>As someone that's been without power since 7:30 yesterday morning I thought it be appropriate to answer another It's Time To Whine Republican. Lets say you planted a tree on YOUR property and the power company came by and said they wanted to cut YOUR tree down because it could fall across their right of way and knock down power lines. You would exercise your rights and tell them to get the hell off your property. They call their local politician who introduces a bill to cut trees on peoples property and it passes. What happens next is the best part...you then get to blame it all on Obama because that's what bobble headed, It's Time To Whine" Republicans do best. To go along with the whining about taking your guns you have a new thing to whine about because he wants to take your rights to your property away. It's a win win situation bobble heads. It's Obama's fault!
Way to be psychotic, probably time to stop not taking your meds.
jlk500 Troy Va

Charlottesville, VA

#9 Mar 7, 2013
The power companies would bury the lines underground but the cost would increase your power bill and let's hear you all complain about that one. You have to pay to get the services you want so grow up and man up.
Dude

Winchester, VA

#10 Mar 7, 2013
sez you wrote:
Maybe someday we'll catch up with the rest of the world. Power companies don't want to spend the money to put these lines underground where they should be cause that would take mpney away from investers so we continue to live in the "dark" ages. We get what we don't ask for.
I agree, I lived in FLA for more than 6 years, been through multiple hurricanes, from cat 1s to cat 4s (several eyes, too) and never lost power. Granted, we were inland.
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I was without power after Isabelle for 11 days, the derecho for a week, and many multiple days during wind storms and snow storms. Oddly enough, our power bill almost doubled after Isabelle, and a new maintenance charge was added to it. A week after I noticed they claimed all the damage on their insurance, charged the rate payer more, and then got busted for making too much profit. Tom Ferrel owns this state, and the rate payer takes in in the rear... having said all that... I appreciate the hard work the linemen do.
Troy Resident

Richmond, VA

#11 Mar 7, 2013
I'm in Fluvanna and still without power since yesterday. However, I can't complain. Many of those power company personnel are in the same fix -- no power. However, they go out in bad weather and risk their lives so we all can have power and then go home and have to wait for their problems to be fixed. We should all be thankful we have such hardworking dedicated people as these electrical workers who take their work first before their families. GOD BLESS them everyone and may they be kept safe while dealing with electiricy and Nature's wrath. This goes for Dominoin Power, CVEC, Rapahannock and all those who are here from other areas and states to get us back in the light.
Thanks guys -- you're all a remarkable group of dedicated employees and I myself appreciate all you do for us when you can.
Dude

Winchester, VA

#12 Mar 7, 2013
jlk500 Troy Va wrote:
The power companies would bury the lines underground but the cost would increase your power bill and let's hear you all complain about that one. You have to pay to get the services you want so grow up and man up.
Clearly somebody doesn't know what they're talking about. It would be a long term investment that would pay for itself. How much do you think these outages cost in overtime, lost revenue, and repair, not to mention, upkeep when there aren't outages?
GoVA

Charlottesville, VA

#13 Mar 7, 2013
GoUVa wrote:
<quoted text>As someone that's been without power since 7:30 yesterday morning I thought it be appropriate to answer another It's Time To Whine Republican. Lets say you planted a tree on YOUR property and the power company came by and said they wanted to cut YOUR tree down because it could fall across their right of way and knock down power lines. You would exercise your rights and tell them to get the hell off your property. They call their local politician who introduces a bill to cut trees on peoples property and it passes. What happens next is the best part...you then get to blame it all on Obama because that's what bobble headed, It's Time To Whine" Republicans do best. To go along with the whining about taking your guns you have a new thing to whine about because he wants to take your rights to your property away. It's a win win situation bobble heads. It's Obama's fault!
Agenda much?
ya think

Rocky Mount, VA

#14 Mar 7, 2013
Dude wrote:
<quoted text> Oddly enough, our power bill almost doubled after Isabelle, and a new maintenance charge was added to it. A week after I noticed they claimed all the damage on their insurance, charged the rate payer more, and then got busted for making too much profit.
Speaking as another person that often has to do without elec after storms, I have always thought the meter should run BACKWARDS while the homeowner is without power. That would be REAL incentive for Dominion to get those lights back on in a hurry! As it is now, they get their money either way.
Tree hugger

Raleigh, NC

#15 Mar 7, 2013
Reverend Tax Dodge wrote:
As long as tree huggers delight in watching limbs grow through and near power lines this problem will stay more prevalent than need be.
Not this one. I live in the country. I imagine most of the people you are talking about live in the city and don't want their trees disturbed. If you live in the country, you are always concerned about what nature can do to you, not like isolated-from-nature city dwellers who can't cope with a power outage because they don't have any foresight to get lanterns, camping stoves, wood stoves, sleeping bags and food that is storable. They can't figure out how to keep their food from spoiling or have any back up heating system. My husband took down 17 pine trees on our property that would have eventually fallen on the house. Tree hugger?? Yes, but trees need to be managed, not let grow wild and dangerous. I guess you are a city dweller, or you would not even be talking like this.
Tree hugger

Raleigh, NC

#16 Mar 7, 2013
I forgot to say that we stand up and cheer when the power company comes onto our property to cut trees off the lines. The line from the main line to our house is buried, not the main lines. They mulch up the branches, and if you ask they will leave the mulch for you. So I guess that blows a hole in your city-dwelling ideas about tree huggers. Burying the lines would take so much money that rate payers would not stand for the increase. Not that rate payers have anything to say about rates, so they should just do it and charge us. We can thank them later.
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Charlottesville, VA

#17 Mar 7, 2013
I have to say that I've never seen anyone object to the removal of a tree that's posing a danger to power lines. For a healthy tree it would be pretty unusual anyway, typically just some limbs would need removed, since a healthy tree isn't likely to fall in all but the worst storms.

As for the cost of burying lines, of course it would be expensive but you don't do a project like that all at once. You start by saying any new construction over x number of homes shall have buried utilities. Then you work on burying the utility connections to the areas with the highest population densities.

We have some of the cheapest electricity in the nation. Personally I'd be happier if the cost moved a little towards the average in exchange for greater reliability.
CvilleMechEngr

Charlottesville, VA

#18 Mar 7, 2013
The power company engineers would love to see the power lines buried to avert the maintenance costs that they see due to bad weather. What do syou uppose happens when they approach property owners about burying lines that cross their property? It doesn't take too many obstinate owners to kill a plan. Even though burying shrinks the power right of way in half a lot of people don't seem to want the lines under their yard.
Dude

Winchester, VA

#19 Mar 7, 2013
CvilleMechEngr wrote:
The power company engineers would love to see the power lines buried to avert the maintenance costs that they see due to bad weather. What do syou uppose happens when they approach property owners about burying lines that cross their property? It doesn't take too many obstinate owners to kill a plan. Even though burying shrinks the power right of way in half a lot of people don't seem to want the lines under their yard.
Weren't right of ways obtained? I know the guy the does the leases for Transco and they don't bother asking property owners.
CvilleMechEngr

Charlottesville, VA

#20 Mar 7, 2013
Dude wrote:
<quoted text>Weren't right of ways obtained? I know the guy the does the leases for Transco and they don't bother asking property owners.
There is often not a recorded easement. The utilities will claim prescriptive easements for lines that have been in place for a long time...something like squatters rights. It's 30' for overhead lines - 15' each way from the center. It's usually only 15' for buried lines.

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