Verizon working to repair phone lines

While Dominion Virginia Power crews are working to restore power to nearly 60,000 Henrico residents who are without it, Verizon officials also are working in the region to replace damaged poles and repair facilities damaged by water and wind.

But Verizon spokesman Harry Mitchell told the Citizen that despite some damage, "our landline network survived Irene well.

"Our teams of technicians are out assessing the damage and making repairs," Mitchell said. "Many of our facilities are on backup generators or batteries that enable us to provide voice phone service even though the power is out in some areas."
 
Some Verizon customers in the Richmond region are without phone, internet and TV service as the result of power outages or other storm-related issues, Mitchell said, declining to provide specific numbers for Henrico.

The numbers "rise and fall virtually by the minute based on new repair reports coming in, repairs made by our technicians and the restoration of power, which in turn will often restore some of our services."

Verizon's restoration efforts are partially dependent upon the efforts of road accessibility and restoration of power, he said.

"We're committed to restoring service for customers as quickly, and safely, as we can," Mitchell said.
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Villa’s Flagler Housing wins national NAEH award


St. Joseph's Villa’s Flagler Housing & Homeless Services was one of three entities to earn the National Alliance to End Homelessness' Champion of Change Award. The awards were presented Nov. 17 during a ceremony at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

NAEH annually recognizes proven programs and significant achievements in ending child and family homelessness.

Flagler completed its transition from an on-campus shelter to the community-based model of rapid rehousing in 2013, and it was one of the nation's first rapid re-housing service providers to be certified by NAEH. > Read more.

RIR’s Christmas tree lighting rescheduled for Dec. 12


Richmond International Raceway's 13th annual Community Christmas tree lighting has been rescheduled from Dec. 6 to Monday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m., due to inclement weather expected on the original date.

Entertainment Dec. 12 will be provided by the Laburnum Elementary School choir and the Henrico High School Mighty Marching Warriors band. Tree decorations crafted by students from Laburnum Elementary School and L. Douglas Wilder Middle School will be on display. Hot chocolate and cookies will be supplied by the Henrico High School football boosters. > Read more.
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Restaurant Watch


Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

 

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The Pocahontas Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society will meet at 7 p.m. at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. University of Richmond Professor Dr. John Hayden will share his summer activities in the presentation “Skunk Cabbage and Other Botanical Adventures, August 2016.” A short business meeting will follow the presentation. For details, visit http://www.pocahontaschapter-vnps.org. Full text

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