Dominion Power crews are working to restore power to homes and parks along Mason Neck by Monday night, and have already repaired more than 10 breaks in the lines along Gunston Road. The aftermath of Friday's violent wind storm shut down power for thousands across Northern Virginia.
Along the Neck, the steady hum of a power generator is a common sound.
"The plan is to get the main line hot in here today. There are a lot of downed trees, a lot of wires," said a Dominion worker on Monday afternoon along Gunston Road. "We started at 6:30 a.m. They make us work 16 hours on, eight hours off for rest and then you're back on it… We usually stop at 10 p.m., so we're going to try to have the power back up by then."
Dominion crews have been helped by Mason Neck residents. "Everybody's been nice—offering us water and telling us we've been doing good work," said another Dominion worker. "It makes the job a lot easier."
Resident Michael LaChance was flying into Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport on Friday night. "You could see all all the outages from the air. It just looked like a big, dark expanse of water all night."
LaChance, who is moving to Minneapolis with his wife and three children in two weeks, is staying with his in-laws in the Hallowing Point Estates area for 10 days. "One of our biggest concerns is the septic tank. There are six of us and we've all had one shower since Friday. You might not want to get too close," he joked. "We stay in the lower part of the house during the day, and at night we go upstairs and sleep with the windows open and you hear everyone else's generators, and it's a nice warm slap to the face."
But LaChance is optimistic. "There are so many people who have it worse than us. Some people are on dialysis machines. The toughest part is not knowing when the power is going to come back on. When do we fill the fridge back up? Luckily we have propane, so we can cook some food," he said.
Mason Neck Closure Update:
- is closed due to the power outage
- and Pirate's Cove Waterpark remain closed
- is open
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