Dominion Energy crews prepared ahead of Michael

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NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Crews at Dominion Energy have geared up their trucks, and are ready to serve their community if damaging winds cause power outages in our area.

Groundman Artavious Smith says with high winds, the most common call they get is for downed wires.

“We want everybody to stay out of the way make sure everything’s clear, don’t try to touch the lines and just report it as soon as possible,” Smith said. 

They also get calls for transformers that blow.

“Basically if something touches the line, it causes this to blow and basically we’ll just go and refuse it and throw it back in after we make sure the line is clear,” he said.

The spokeswoman for Dominion Energy, Bonita Harris, says they’re ready to double up crews out in the field, and also inside their building, too.

“Some of those crews will be inside like analysts that can reroute power to another source and get the power on faster,” Harris said.

She says crews will also be coming in from their northern and western offices to help out, depending on where the storm hits, and also have contracted crews that can help too.

Smith says he knows what he signed up for with this job, and is ready to help neighbors in need.

“It’s bittersweet, it’s sad that you’re leaving your family behind but you’re going to do bigger things, help the community and serve them,” Smith said.

Dominion Energy says they do have a priority list that if power goes out they have to get to specific places first, like hospitals, fire stations and police stations.

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