Storm bypasses Bedford

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But power outage leaves many in the dark on Monday

By Tom Wilmoth

    A power outage and snow storm this past week disrupted some area residents’ lives, but it could have been worse.
    The power outage occurred Monday afternoon in Bedford when a conductor on a transmission line broke. That caused the outage on three of downtown Bedford’s electric stations, according to Jeff Weddle, the city’s public services director.
    The power went off at 3:30 p.m. and wasn’t restored until 5:45 p.m. While some businesses and offices were closed for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, already, others were affected by the outage and had to close early.
    Weddle said the outage, which was wind related, affected 4000 customers.
    Some city workers were on duty and others were called in to help fix the downed conductor.


    “We thank our customers for being patient with us,” Weddle said. “We try to do our job well which makes it easier for us when things go wrong.”
    A snowstorm also blew through the region last Thursday, but much of Bedford and Bedford County were spared from the worst of the storm.
    While snow totals hit 3 to 5 inches in most areas in the region—and as much as 10 inches in some—the Bedford area, for the most part, saw far less accumulation. In the city of Bedford the snowfall was less than an inch, and was quickly gone once the sun came out Friday morning. The same was true for much of the Va. 122 and Va. 24 corridors, as those areas saw just a rain/snow mix. At each of the corners of the county, however, there were larger snowfall amounts.
    Power outages were felt throughout the region as a result of the storm, but few lost power in Bedford County. Appalachian reported that as many as 128,000 customers  in the region were without power during the peak of the storm’s effect. Some customers in the New River Valley were still waiting to get their power back as late as Tuesday morning.