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How one Alexandria neighborhood weathered the outage

A downed tree pulled down power lines that connected an entire block to the power grid. (WTOP/Kathy Stewart)

Kathy Stewart

ALEXANDRIA – Six days after the storm, Virginia Dominion Power crews were working Thursday afternoon to restore electricity to a half block of homes in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria. The company is working home-by-home to restore power to its customers.

Robert Atchinson lives near the 2700 block of Mosby Street and says he never lost power. But he says he has seen plenty of Dominion Virginia Power trucks.

“There’s a Dominion truck right up on the hill but that’s the third or fourth one that’s been here,” he says.

Atchinson says most of his neighbors are still in the dark.

“It doesn’t matter if you have a $2 million house or $50,000 house, if you don’t have electricity it makes no difference,” he says.

The Independence Day holiday delivered a welcome surprise when the 100 block of Uhler Terrace saw the lights and air conditioning come back on.

David Bohn and his family live on Uhler Terrace. He says his family slept in their basement most nights until the heat forced them to find a hotel. They tried to make the best of it, he says.

“With the high temperatures and the heat wave, it became intolerable at times,” Bohn says.

During the storm, a tree knocked out the street’s power lines. Bohn says the tree stands on property where state Congressman Jim Moran once lived.

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