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Power restored to more customers following storm

All of Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative’s customers in Halifax County had power restored Thursday morning, and Dominion was reporting only 29 customers in Southside remained powerless as the state continued to recover from severe storms that struck the commonwealth June 29-30.     

As of 10 a.m. Thursday, power companies were reporting that approximately 107,300 customers remain without power statewide. 

Dominion Virginia Power reports 24,096 outages, with 8,900 of those in northern Virginia. 

APCO reported 81,273 without power, with 18,951 of those in the city of Lynchburg and 10,589 in the city of Roanoke. 

Electrical cooperatives have 1,975 customers without power.

Verizon reported that all 911 systems were back to normal operations. To help in recovery, Verizon provided three mobile telecommunications centers to Lynchburg, Max Meadows and Alexandria. These also serve as additional cooling centers in those localities.

Twelve storm-related fatalities have been confirmed in Virginia: two in Albemarle County, two in Bedford County, one in the city of Chesapeake, three in Fairfax County, one in Loudoun County, one in Montgomery County, one in the city of Richmond and one in the city of Roanoke. 

Many volunteer groups are helping affected residents including the following:

• Giant Foods donated a generator to an assisted living facility in Fairfax County.

• Operation Blessing provided a refrigerator truck to Highland County.

• Gleaning for the World provided 500 gallons of water to Bath County.

• Local volunteer groups are assisting with debris clean up and in staffing points of distribution for supplies.

• American Red Cross and Virginia Baptists are providing meals in Bath County.

• Mercy Chefs are assisting with feeding in a Lynchburg shelter.

• Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia Disaster Relief is supporting a shelter in Lynchburg and also providing chain saw service.

Gleaning for the World has donated truckloads of water, and God’s Pit Crew has donated truckloads of Gatorade.

• North American Mission Board provided 2,500 cases of water in Roanoke.

• Workers in the Virginia Emergency Operations Center are matching corporate donations with needs in localities and responding to calls from residents with unmet needs related to the storm.