One-Third of Falls Church Still Without Power
By FALLS CHURCH TIMES STAFF
July 3, 2012
One-third of the City of Falls Church remains without power as of mid-afternoon. According to Dominion Power’s website, 1,912 of the City’s 5,748 accounts have not been restored as of 3 pm. Other local jurisdictions are in much better shape. In adjacent Arlington and Fairfax counties less than 10% of the accounts are without electricity.
City leaders criticized Dominion Power’s performance at last night’s Council meeting.
Mayor Nader Baroukh noted that at the peak of the outage caused by Friday’s violent storm over 82% of the City was dark, a greater impact than any other jurisdiction served by the utility. “It’s not acceptable” he said. He added that he and Vice Mayor Dave Snyder had several discussions over the weekend with Dominion representatives regarding the City’s water pumping stations but in his view the response was not adequate and not reasonable. Baroukh also criticized failings of e911 Ssystem maintained by Verizon.
“Frankly we’ve been let down by Dominion Power and we’ve been let down by Verizon and I hope in the future there is some action we can take to make sure that will never happens again” Snyder said. “Our citizens continue to suffer, our businesses continue to lose revenue.”
Both officials had high praise for the performance of City staff during the storm’s aftermath and last week’s barricade situation on Hillwood Avenue. “All of them, to a man and to a woman, showed and are showing heroic dedication that money simply can’t buy” said Snyder.
By Falls Church Times Staff
July 3, 2012