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Update: Power at Lake Anne Fellowship House

About 54,000 Dominion customers still in the dark.

Update 4 p.m. Tuesday: Dominion says it has restored power to nearly 90 percent of the 1 million customers who lost electric service because of the storms last weekend.  

Crews will work on July 4, and service for virtually all customers in Northern Virginia and the Richmond metro area who lost electric service because of the storms should be restored by Friday night.  

Original story:

Dominion Virginia Power estimates  43,268 customers in Fairfax County remain powerless after Friday's derecho, including some Reston-area neighborhoods, as of  11 a.m. 

Many of those customers are along Hunter Mill Road, where an estimated 1,600 customers or more remain in the dark. Power was still out on Post Oak Trail, Hunter Mill Estates and Great Falls Crossing as of 8 a.m. Tuesday.

The 43,268 is down from more than 1 million immediately following Friday's powerful derecho.

Riders Lane in Reston and many spots in Vienna that may affect Reston are on the list for repair crews for Tuesday. See the complete list here.

At power finally was restored at 4:45 a.m. Tuesday.

Fellowship Square Executive Director Jan Broughton says lunch is taken care of for Tuesday, and after that the building does not need anymore food deliveries.

However, community members who want to help can bring cleaning supplies and gift cards to local grocery stores so that the building's residents - mostly low-income seniors - can replenish their refrigerators.

Some residents could also use help cleaning refrigerators. If you would like to help, call LAFH's main number: 703-471-6474. Ask for Netta or Mae, and they will put you on the volunteer team.

Broughton says that new volunteers will be matched with screened volunteers if they are going to enter residents' apartments. 

Road Closures

As of about 12:30 a.m. the following neaby roads are closed because of debris, according to 511virginia.org:

  • Hunter Mill Road, from Silk Oak Drive to Tamarack Drive
  • Birdfoot Lane, from Stuart Mill Road to Lawyers Road

Did we miss a road closing? Or are there other areas drivers should take caution? Leave a comment to help keep us informed. 

Help Out

Have power? Spare time? Extra supplies? 

Reston Association Pools

All RA pools except Lake Newport are  now open.  The phone is still out at Lake Newport, but RA hopes to have it in working order for the July 4 Pool Party there.

For pool updates, click here.

Clearing Debris

County residents can use Fairfax County's two disposal facilities, which accept tree branches that are 20 inches or less in diameter, to rid their yard of debris:

  • I-66 Transfer Station
    4618 West Ox Road, Fairfax
    Monday-Saturday 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • I-95 Solid Waste Complex
    9850 Furnace Road, Lorton
    Monday-Friday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Saturday-Sunday 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Special July 4 schedule:

  • I-66 Transfer Station
    9 a.m. to 6 p.m. for deliveries from residents only
    9 a.m. to 6 p.m. brush accepted from commercial haulers
    NO TRASH from commercial haulers
  • I-95 Solid Waste Complex
    7 a.m. to 6 p.m. for deliveries from residents only
    7 a.m. to 6 p.m. brush accepted from commercial haulers
    Trash from commercial haulers accepted from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The facilities charge a minimum $5 fee for residents. Payment may be made by cash, Visa or MasterCard. If residents utilize the county's trash collection services, they must call to schedule a brush pickup at 703-802-3322. Others should contact their own trash collection company for instructions. 

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Lolita browner July 04, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Thank you for all your help
Beverly Bugos July 04, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Lake Anne Fellowship House did get power yesterday. But, a transformer blew this morning, so residents do NOT have A/C, and only about half the electrical sockets work. There is a heat advisory today. Some residents may need fans for today. Many elderly people have returned, cleaned out there refrigerators, and restocked. Some woke to find their refrigerator not working (myself included).
jana broughton July 04, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Dominion is working on the power lines coming into lake anne. We have tri phase electric, two lines are operational, the third is out. The crews, 6 of them, are visibly working and cutting trees, clearing brush and setting new poles and lines along baron cameron where the lines were on the ground under much debris. The building is cool, we are experiencing generator issues because of the partial power. We are estimating that we will be fully restored by this evening. I am at the building, as are the staff. The damage is tremendous along the power lines. I think water and cold drinks would be very much appreciated by the work crews outside today. If you are in the area please consider that.
Karen Goff July 04, 2012 at 05:02 PM
arrgh. Keep us posted, Jana.
jana broughton July 04, 2012 at 05:11 PM
I will. This is incredibly frustrating for all of us. Patience is a virtue much in need today!
Nisa July 04, 2012 at 10:27 PM
Lake Anne Fellowship House's power is completely out again (which includes ALL elevators). ***Please tweet/email/call Dominion and tell them this is a safety hazard for the elderly and disabled, especially the ones who cannot walk up and down the stairs, and it needs to be taken care of NOW.
jana broughton July 05, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Update: Lake Anne has a crew from Dominion working on the power lines. The crew has been present all day, they are not visible to the residents as the problem is along Baron Cameron Ave.-in the woods literally. The residents will hear power equipment working in the woods tonight as part of the fix involves digging up lines to the house to replace them. Staff are present at the house-and have verified all residents are o.k and accounted for who need to be checked on. We will keep everyone updated as need be.
Beverly Bugos July 05, 2012 at 12:30 AM
It is now after 8 PM. Still no A/C! Still no elevators! Still very limited power. Please, all of you - call Dominion. I know they are working on problems, and will continue to do so through the 4th. I had been told they did not give us highest priority until they were pushed. Maybe all of you can make a difference. When I called Dominion, they said they were working in the area by Reston Park way and Baron Cameron. T
Beverly Bugos July 05, 2012 at 12:31 AM
PS: While it is cooler than outside, I would not call 82 degrees cool.
Bert Katz July 05, 2012 at 12:35 AM
My wife Gina spoke with one of the Dominion supervisors, and they said they will stay with the job for as long as it takes to get everythong up and running.
Beverly Bugos July 05, 2012 at 12:45 AM
Yes, thanks. But all Dominion would say is they should have us up by sometime on Friday. It is supposed to be in the triple digits the next few days. That is before adding the heat and air quality factors!
jana broughton July 05, 2012 at 11:12 AM
Power is back on, everything is functional at lake anne fellowship house. A sincere and heartfelt thank you to Dominion and the crew who worked all day yesterday to get the building operational. Also thank you to the community who has been so supportive of the residents in this emergency. Fellowship Square, will be working with residents next week on emergency preparedness plans for future awareness. We all hope that our neighbors and staff around the area get their power back soon. This storm was a very large magnitude event and the damage incredibly wide spread. We will continue to pray for their comfort and safety, and for the good people of Reston who answered a call of need.
Cherie Lejeune July 05, 2012 at 01:51 PM
Jana...thanks for this reassuring great update..good to see you yesterday even though it meant you were also not having much of a holiday. Same goes for the staff who also get high marks for being there yesterday to help out. Would like to contribute to the emergency plan with you for I have some experience in that department! Hope today is just business as usual!
Margaret Lung July 05, 2012 at 09:27 PM
Thanks to all the incredible volunteers who helped us survive this rather difficult time. I know all the residents are grateful. For all the seniors from foreign countries, it was a demonstration of how Americans rally together to help when there is an emergency or disaster, something not always done in the countries they come from.
Beverly Bugos July 05, 2012 at 10:29 PM
I agree Margaret. The volunteers were wonderful. And we thank them all. I went out this morning and thanked the men working behind our building and offered them cold drinks of water, both last night and this morning. Since I am on the second floor, at the back, I was only one floor up from where they were working. Late last night I yelled out a thank you to them for keeping up the hard work. They are still out there right now No, they Just left. They said we will loose power for about 2 hours when they hook us up to the Baron Cameron line. It looks like they just finished filling the large whole that was back there. I am told we will be informed when they are going to shut off the power again. It might not be for a week. It will give us a chance to clean out the frig and freeze up some water. Many have already stocked up (twice). I hesitate to do so, trying to do the bare minimum.
Jonathan Miller July 07, 2012 at 04:54 AM
Air conditioning in the Lake Anne Fellowship House is out again as of sometime between 9:30 and 10:30 PM this evening (Friday July 6). They do have power and elevator service.
Beverly Bugos July 07, 2012 at 01:09 PM
This almost feels like some cruel joke. Just as we begin to recover, cleaning out frig's, restocking etc., our A/C is out on the hotest day, with code red air quality. For some of us there is no place to go in this heat, and the heat is damaging to our health. While this is not 'assisted living', many do require Med Tech aids, or other outside care-giving to avoid going to assisted living. For many, A/C is not just an option, it is a necessity. It would be really nice to get an update on what is wrong and when it will be fixed.
Beverly Bugos July 07, 2012 at 01:22 PM
The temperature in the building on the 2nd floor, without direct sun, is 84 F, but it will increase as the day goes on. The lowest was 77 degrees with the A/C on high and set to 65 F. The temperatures on the upper floors is much hotter. (As it was the last time we lost A/C, or had 'particial A/C.) If we try to cook, it will only get worse. And it will of course get worse throughout the day if this problem is not rectified. People on low incomes can not afford to restock the refrigerators as it is. Having had to throw out every thing in the frig. Not knowing what is coming next makes it that much worse. We can not afford to go to hotels, and eat out. HELP!
BBurns July 07, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Sounds like AC is back up - I hope everything is ok and stays ok.

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