After Snow Storm, Lights Still Out In Madison

For some people, it has been 24 hours of running generators. Others have relocated to an emergency shelter and some have just stuck it out in the cold. Full Story
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Hmmmmm

Charlottesville, VA

#21 Mar 8, 2013
I wasn't going to comment on this thread, but I am struck by how many people are going back and forth over the power company workers.

Obviously these folks have to kill themselves around a time like this. They will work very hard, put themselves in danger, be away from their families for extended periods, etc. Hence their needs (lodging, food etc.) while they do these marathon shifts will be taken care of and they should be well compensated for their expertise and efforts.

But I don't think that talking about the actual persons who do the work is point. The question is about the company. In general, what kinds of resources are being mustered to deal with the situation? How many people are running around out there to do the work? How well are the efforts being coordinated, etc. I believe the point that many would like to make is that perhaps the *companies* don't put enough resources out into the field and maybe don't manage them as well as they should.

I'm with Dominion VA Power rather than a coop, so I can't comment on coops. But Dominion is a very large company. Its primary legal obligation in the world is to produce value for its shareholders. It is also the case that the extent to which electric power provision can be competitive is quite limited. As such, I'm quite sure that I am sitting in the cold because Dom VA Power spends a lot more time worrying about its shareholders.

But I'm also sure that the actual Dom WORKERS are top notch, hard working people.
A Madisonian

Madison, VA

#22 Mar 8, 2013
HooYou wrote:
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Yeah it may stink to go home with no lights after a days work. But at least you're going home. Think about the men/women out working to restore the power. They'll be away from their homes and family for the next few days it takes to get the lights going. And it's not magic getting power lines cleared and repaired. It takes time and manpower. So don't be so quick to complain.
You know they did pick their profession!
A Madisonian

Madison, VA

#23 Mar 8, 2013
Farmer wrote:
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you only worked 8 to 10 hours? you have absolutly no room to complain; and I hope you do not have your mouth full of food cold or hot! yesterday my day started at 5 am and went till 11 pm due to the storm and today only an hour shorter. no I was not working for the power company, just taking care of live stock to include running a generator to pump water for them. Am I complaining about the line crews; absolutly not. You obviously work inside and sit on a couch while at home missing your internet and TV while these soles are out in this weather for long hours slogging through the cold wet mud and snow trying to get you power back on.
No you do not have any, and I repeat any; room to complain. so shut up and **** it up!
I don't think that was needed! Is someone forcing you to be a farmer? if not why don't you shut the ..........up!
A Madisonian

Madison, VA

#24 Mar 8, 2013
HooYou wrote:
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Well that sounds just great. Let's tell everyone that lives within 100' of a power line that they can't develop any part of that property because it is now a right of way for the power company. Does that sound good to you? Didn't think so. Because that would be the deal if the power companies were granted the right to take 100' right of ways. More whine, whine, whine. Problem with this country now is there isn't enough "Tough" people left living in it. Ones that don't complain about things, they just work hard to get through it. Besides, if your sick of the power company, just quit paying them, then see how much that "ABYSMAL service" means to you.
Why don't you go have a drink sounds like you need one!
a madison farmer

United States

#25 Mar 8, 2013
A Madisonian wrote:
<quoted text>I don't think that was needed! Is someone forcing you to be a farmer? if not why don't you shut the ..........up!
it is in the blood you would not understand.
HooYou

Charlottesville, VA

#26 Mar 8, 2013
A Madisonian wrote:
<quoted text>Why don't you go have a drink sounds like you need one!
Sounds like you need to get your home work done for school tomorrow. Children these days...
HooYou

Charlottesville, VA

#27 Mar 8, 2013
A Madisonian wrote:
<quoted text>You know they did pick their profession!
And if no one chose that profession guess what??? YOU WOULD NEVER HAVE YOUR POWER BACK ON. So be quiet and get back to your video games you unwise one.
A Madisonian

Madison, VA

#28 Mar 9, 2013
a madison farmer wrote:
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it is in the blood you would not understand.
Actually I understand very well,
My father was a farmer and my grandfather and my greatgrandfather, thanks ,
Yea I know its in the blood for generations, all I'm saying is you don't have a gun to your head to farm if you don't like it, change what you do. Just saying.......
A Madisonian

Madison, VA

#29 Mar 9, 2013
HooYou wrote:
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Sounds like you need to get your home work done for school tomorrow. Children these days...
For your information I am in my 40's, and I have the right to speak on this forum just as much as you do! I just think it's funny what people write, and by the way I didn't jerk your chain anyway, whats your problem and save your fingers don't
even reply now I remember why I don't read these beacause of people like you.
Have a great day!
sez you

Charlottesville, VA

#31 Mar 9, 2013
The lights are always out and nobodies home in Greene and Madison.
joe the electic worker

United States

#32 Mar 9, 2013
A Madisonian wrote:
<quoted text> For your information I am in my 40's, and I have the right to speak on this forum just as much as you do! I just think it's funny what people write, and by the way I didn't jerk your chain anyway, whats your problem and save your fingers don't
even reply now I remember why I don't read these beacause of people like you.
Have a great day!
Blabber Mouth!
A Madisonian

Madison, VA

#33 Mar 10, 2013
sez you wrote:
The lights are always out and nobodies home in Greene and Madison.
Sez You!

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