2021 WINDSTORM

Posted: January 13, 2021 at 7:52 am

January 14, 2021

1 p.m.

All Vera Water and Power customers affected by the January 13 wind storm have had their electric power restored. If you are still having trouble with your service, please call us and let us know. We can be reached at 888-774-8272. We appreciate everyone’s patience while we worked around the clock to put the lights back on. We did everything we could to safely and efficiently restore power.

9 a.m.

Crews are working to restore power to customers in the Blossey/Saltese area where approximately 35 customers remain without power following yesterday’s wind storm.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: If you are located outside of the13000 block of Blossey/Saltese and 13400 block of Blossey/Saltese and are still without power, please call us this morning and let us know. We may not be aware of your outage. We can be reached at 888-774-8272.

7 a.m.

All but 50 customers have had their power restored following yesterday’s wind storm. Crews continue to work to restore service to those customers without service. Most of the affected area is in the Saltese/Blossey neighborhood where a leaning tree is in an unsafe position. Once the tree is removed, which is expected to be completed this morning, we should be able to complete power restoration to that neighborhood. Some of the individual outages are being addressed on a case-by-case basis.

8 p.m. Jan. 13, 2021:

Our crews continue to make progress restoring power knocked out from today’s wind storm. At this hour, there are approximately 800 customers without service. The Vera crews will be working throughout the night to restore power. You can expect to see our crews, vehicles, and bucket trucks in your neighborhood. Because of the massive amount of damage and necessary repair work, some customers may be without power for several days. Please prepare for an extended outage.

4:30 p.m.

Our crews have made significant progress repairing today’s storm damage. There are still about 1,000 Vera Water and Power customers without power. We have all hands on deck to make these restorations as quickly and safely as possible. Due to the extensive damage, some customers may experience an extended outage lasting through the night and possibly the next few days.
Our crews are working around the clock to make repairs. The most heavily damaged areas include:
  • Terrace View Park, 24th to 26th Avenues
  • The Blossey/Saltese Area
  • 12th Ave/9th Ave/10th Ave

 

1:30 p.m.

There are currently approximately 2,000 Vera Water and Power customers without power due to the windstorm. Our crews have made significant progress in restoring service. However, the length of time it takes to get the lights back on depends on a lot of variables. Once the wind settles down, we will have a better sense of the extent of the storm’s damage. Right now, the high winds continue to play havoc with our system.

We urge our customers to prepare for an extended outage that will last throughout the night and possibly, in some areas, several days.

Please report your power outage at 888-774-8272.

 

7 a.m.
Power outages are quickly developing this morning and are expected to continue as long as the storm continues. Weather forecasters expect the exceptionally high wind to continue throughout the day.

High winds are responsible for knocking down power lines and poles. As of 7:30 a.m., approximately 2,500 Vera customers are without power throughout the District. Notably, the highest current concentration of outages is along Sprague Avenue which affects a large number of businesses. We expect the number of outages to continue to increase as long as we have high winds. Because of the changing nature of the storm, we will not be able to offer restoration times until the winds have ended.

Please report your power outage at 888-774-8272.

Remember, downed power lines can be deadly. Always assume a downed power line is energized and avoid going near it or anything in contact with it. Use caution. Downed power lines can energize the ground up to 35 feet away.

  1. Contact us immediately and report the downed line.
  2. Stay away and keep others away until a crew has resolved the problem.