Following an automobile accident involving a light pole, Dominion Virginia Power discovered a serious repair problem at the Church Hill substation.
As a result, the city’s Department of Public Utilities is not expecting the streetlights in Church Hill, Downtown, The Fan, Fulton Bottom, Shockoe Bottom, Mosby Court, or Whitcomb Court – approximately 5,500 lights – to come on at dusk this evening and it is unknown at this time how long it will be before Dominion can perform repairs.
The City of Richmond is advising caution during this evening’s commute home, especially for pedestrians. Traffic lights are not impacted, but visibility will be affected. If you reside in an impacted neighborhood, please keep your porch lights on this evening. Residents who need to go out to walk pets or otherwise need to travel by foot or bicycle, are advised to travel in groups, wear reflective, light-colored clothing and carry a flashlight.
The Richmond Police are aware of the situation and will be diligent in patrolling affected areas this evening.