Senators Jim Rosapepe and Brian Frosh say the money would fund a “Surge Reserve” of trained workers to end long power failures.
Thousands of electricity customers in Virginia remain without service but utility crews are making progress.
Hundreds of thousands from the Midwest to the Mid-Atlantic were preparing to spend the Fourth of July like America’s founders did in 1776, without the conveniences of electricity and air conditioning.
Utility crews struggled to catch up with a backlog of millions of people without electricity for a fourth hot day Tuesday as frustration grew and authorities feared the toll of 22 storm deaths could rise because of stifling conditions and generator fumes.
The federal government went back to work Tuesday, but plenty of public schools are still without power. Also, some government agencies are giving their employees to work from home. See the full list of closings.
More than 276,000 electricity customers across Virginia have no service as crews work to repair power lines and equipment damaged by severe storms. Dominion Power is championing the slogan: “Our boots don’t come off until your lights are back on.”
A weekend without electricity was already trying for millions in the sweltering, storm-swept mid-Atlantic region. But Monday morning brings another grim challenge when many embark on a difficult commute over roads with darkened stoplights and likely mass-transit delays.
Authorities in the mid-Atlantic region are warning motorists to expect traffic signal outages during the morning commute.
Gov. Martin O’Malley is urging state residents to be careful in the heat in the aftermath of a storm that knocked out power to more than 895,000 Marylanders and killed at least one person.
Violent evening storms following a day of triple-digit temperatures wiped out power to more than 2 million customers across the eastern United States and caused at least five fatalities.