Major power outage from underground cable to blame for traffic snarl in Ballston

WASHINGTON — A large power outage in Arlington caused major traffic issues at stoplights in the area Monday.

Arlington County, Virginia Police were at a number of intersections in Ballston to help direct traffic. They were asking people to follow police direction and treat all uncontrolled intersections like four-way stops.

Almost 2,500 Dominion customers were reported without power as at the height of the outage Monday morning.

As of 1:45 p.m., power had been restored to most Dominion customers.

Dominion says that the problem was an issue with an underground cable.

Due to the power outage, Central Library had no electricity as of Monday morning.

The library reopened shortly after noon on Monday after power was restored.

Here’s a map of the Ballston area where the power outages were reported:

Here’s a look at the number of power outages currently in the area:

Valerie Bonk

Valerie Bonk started working at WTOP in 2016 and has lived in Howard County, Maryland, her entire life. She's thrilled to be a reporter for WTOP telling stories on air. She works as both a television and radio reporter in the Maryland and D.C. areas. 

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