A powerless Fourth of July for 1,200 Floyd County APCO customers

Virginia Department of Transportation workers discuss best way to clear tree blocking Woods Gap Road.
Virginia Department of Transportation workers discuss best way to clear tree blocking Woods Gap Road.

The number of Floyd County residents without power went up slightly overnight with 1,200 homes and businesses lacking electricity at 5:30 a.m. today, Appalachian Power reports.

That number is up from just over 1,100 at the same time Tuesday.

Why the slight increase?  APCO officials couldn’t say.  A few storms swept through the county overnight.  Region-wide, at 5:30 a.m., 111,061 customers remained powerless on the Fourth of July holiday: 16,046 in Roanoke City, 8,424 in Roanoke County, 6,820 in Montgomery, 3,224 in Franklin,  1,813 in Carroll, 798 in Patrick, 4,485 in Pulaski, 3,708 in Giles, and 3,718 in Wythe.

APCO president and chief operation officer Charles Patton, touring Southwestern Virginia area Tuesday, called the storm a “major historical disaster” and said his company’s crews are supplemented by workers from other utilities.

Patton told The Roanoke Times that workers have come from as far away as North Dakota and Oklahoma to help.  More than 90 transmission lines — which carry electricity from power plants to substations, were damaged.

“This storm was a major historical disaster,” Patton told the Times. “The damage is tremendous.”

Debris from downed trees litter side of roads throughout the county.

 

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