Many without power in Floyd County, SW Va.

Power outages in and around Floyd.
Power outages in and around Floyd (Map via APCO).

Like many residents of Southwestern Virginia, our house went dark during the winter storm that struck the region over the weekend. After intermittent failures Saturday night and into Sunday mornings, the service of electricity from Appalachian Power failed completely at 9:52 a.m. Sunday.

Fortunately, our automatic Generac generator, powered by propane, kicked in and kept our house running in less than a minute and provided lights, heat, water and other services throughout the day, the night and into Monday morning.

The message from APCO is:

We’re sorry. We are currently unable to provide an estimated time of restoration for your outage. Please check back later.

This is the second prolonged outage this March.  The other came during the massive wind storm earlier in the month.

According to the outage map that APCO provides, our outage includes 24 customers along Sandy Flats Road, SE, over to Poor Farm Road.  Another 17 homes are out near where Sandy Flats runs into Shooting Creek Road and such small outages remain over most of Floyd County.

In each case, APCO’s official explanation online is “assessing condition.”  When you add up the outages, several thousand customers around Floyd County remain without power and those without generators face no power, in many cases, no heat, no water and no estimates on when power might come back on after the snow storm that dumped 15-19 inches of wet snow that brought down power lines, trees and more.

With so many scattered outages, many electrical customers may not see power restored until Tuesday or later of this week.  APCO reported 59,697 outages throughout its coverage area in Southwestern Virginia and crews working around the clock to restore power.

Floyd County Schools closed Monday.  With power outages, some businesses could be closed as well.

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