Weekend power outages could help Danville Utilities prevent future outages

Outages could help speed up tree trimming in some areas

DANVILLE, Va. – Danville Utilities is working to assess the power outages from this weekend's snow storm.

A handful of customers were still without power Monday afternoon.

The outages over the weekend were caused by trees or tree branches snapping from the weight of the heavy, wet snow and falling on power lines.

That gives the company an idea of areas where trees may need to be trimmed.

Danville Utilities Director Jason Grey said Monday morning that at the peak, there were around 1,500 customers without power.

Crews had been working nonstop to get the power restored.

A little after 3 p.m. Monday, 10 News called the number to report a power outage and the automated message said there were only five known outages left.

If Danville Utilities finds that a lot of the weekend outages came from one general area, and that area could be made more of a priority for tree trimming.

"We have a four-year program, where we know we're going to be cutting in different areas. So if we find we've had a lot of calls in one area, we'll move that area up and accelerate the tree trimming in the right of way," Grey said.

For comparison, he said AEP had more customers out in the Martinsville-Henry County-Franklin County area, and Mecklenburg Electric, to the east of Pittsylvania County, also may have had more outages than Danville Utilities.

To report a tree limb on a power line or a tree that you are concerned about, call 434-773-8300.


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