Dominion Virginia Power Working To Restore Service To Customers Affected By Hurricane Sandy

 Dominion Virginia Power Working To Restore Service To Customers Affected By
                               Hurricane Sandy

- Power restored to more than 68 percent of the 320,000 customers affected by
hurricane and winter storm

- Work to continue around the clock until all customers restored

- Additional crews from other utilities assisting Dominion

- Gov. McDonnell applauds utility efforts

PR Newswire

RICHMOND, Va., Oct. 30, 2012

RICHMOND, Va., Oct.30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Dominion Virginia Power has
restored power to more than 220,000 customers affected by Hurricane Sandy even
as storm conditions linger. Crews are conducting detailed damage assessments
and restoring power to critical services. The company is working closely with
state and local officials to protect public safety and health during the
multi-day effort.

"Dominion employees, retirees, contractors and crews from other companies are
fully engaged in this effort, and work will continue around the clock until
power is restored to every customer affected by this storm," said Rodney
Blevins, vice president of electric distribution operations.

"We applaud Dominion Virginia Power not only for an unprecedented level of
collaboration and cooperation with the state and localities during this storm,
but also for already having restored power to more than 68 percent of the
Dominion customers affected by outages," said Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell.

The powerful storm system consisting of Hurricane Sandy and a severe winter
storm brought hurricane-strength winds and heavy rain to the eastern United
States and much of Virginia. Heavy snowfall affected western sections of the

Weather is expected to continue to be a challenge today for much of the
company's service area, posing a potential for additional outages to develop
and affect restoration progress. Dominion is now conducting a complete
assessment of storm damage to accurately understand the scope and duration of
work to be done.

"We have made substantial investments in our electric distribution system, and
we are pleased with how well the system has performed during this challenging
event," Blevins said. "Our significant investments in infrastructure and our
tree-trimming program are helping minimize the storm's impact on our

Safety remains paramount

"Please stay away from downed lines and anything touching them – assume they
are energized, and report them by calling 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357),"
Blevins said. "We also ask that you help protect our linemen when you see them
on the roadside making emergency repairs by moving over from the lane nearest
the workers or by slowing down until you pass the site of the repairs."

Customers should call toll free 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357) to report
outages. Customers may also report an outage through the company's mobile
website at by typing in the account number or phone number on
record with the company and the last four digits of the account holder's
Social Security number, PIN or federal tax ID number. Reporting an outage
promptly – even if neighbors have done so – speeds the restoration process.

Follow safe operating procedures for electric generators. Never operate one
inside your home or in an enclosed space, such as a garage. Do not connect
portable generators directly to the electrical system of your home.
Electricity could flow backward onto Dominion's power lines and endanger

Either have a qualified electrician perform the work or plug appliances
directly into the generator using the proper-sized extension cords. Exhaust
fumes contain carbon monoxide and can be deadly, so run your generator outside
with proper ventilation. Store the fuel for your generator safely.

The highest priority for power restoration is always given to public safety
and emergency facilities such as hospitals, emergency 911 call centers, and
municipal water pumping stations. A video description of the storm restoration
process is available online at

Dominion (NYSE: D) is one of the nation's largest producers and transporters
of energy, with a portfolio of approximately 27,400 megawatts of generation.
Dominion operates the nation's largest natural gas storage system and serves
retail energy customers in 15 states. For more information about Dominion,
visit the company's website at

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