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Posted on: February 18, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Important Winter & Inclement Weather Resources and Tips

Goochland County - Important Winter and Inclement Weather Resources and Tips

Inclement weather will continue to impact Goochland County through Friday, February 19th. Residents, businesses, and guests are encouraged to avoid nonessential travel during the winter storm.

If you must travel please use caution, watch for slick spots, and increase following distance.

Goochland County Offices and Facilities Operating on a 2-Hour Delay on Friday, Feb. 19th

Goochland County Government Offices and Facilities are operating on a 2-hour delay opening at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, February 19th, 2021.  

Important Phone Numbers During Severe Weather

  • For non-emergency situations, please call 804-556-5348.  Calls to 911 should be reserved for emergencies only.  
  • To report downed trees, flooding, or any road hazard, call the Virginia Department of Transportation Customer Service Center at 800-367-7623 or report it online at http://my.vdot.virginia.gov.

Report Power Outages

If you lose power please make sure to report it to your utility company (Dominion Energy, Central Virginia Electric Cooperative, & Rappahannock Electric Cooperative).  Do not assume it has already been reported.   Remember to stay away from downed power lines, assume they are energized and dangerous. Please remain at least 30 feet away and ensure that others also avoid the downed line.

Below are ways to report power outages.

Dominion EnergyDominion Energy Power Outage

  1. Dominion Energy App: http://spr.ly/6183Hgh4d
  2. Online: https://www.dominionenergy.com/outages
  3. Phone: 866-366-4357

Central Virginia Electric CooperativeCVEC Power Outages Info

  1. Phone: 800-367-2832
  2. Online: mycvec.com
  3. CVEC App: MyCVEC app

Rappahannock Electric CooperativeRappahannock Electric Cooperative - Report Outages

  1. Phone: 800-552-3904
  2. Online: https://www.myrec.coop/outagecenter
  3. REC App: MyREC SmarthHub mobile app

Roads & Travel

 The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is responsible for clearing state-maintained roads in Goochland County, including primary and secondary roads.  Due to the inclement weather VDOT advises that icy conditions, black ice, fallen trees & power lines may pose a risk to motorists. Please avoid unnecessary travel as much as possible.

VDOT - Report Road Hazards - 2021

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Winter Safety / Inclement Weather Tips

Sign Up for Goochland’s Code Red Emergency Alert System

Sign Up now to get alerted about emergencies and other important community news. Sign up at this link or text GOOCHLANDALERTS to 99411.  This system enables us to provide you with critical information quickly in a variety of situations, such as:

  • Evacuations of buildings or neighborhoods
  • Missing persons
  • Severe weather
  • Unexpected road closures

Make an Emergency Kit

Emergency kits should contain supplies that will last each person and pet for at least three days. Be sure to include:

Food and water for each person and pet for three daysExtra clothes
FlashlightCell phone chargers
Extra batteriesWeather radio
CashMedications and toiletries
BlanketsFull tank of gas in your vehicle


Detailed information on assembling a kit can be found on the Virginia Department Of Emergency Management website.

Generator Safety

Residents are encouraged to practice generator safety if you lose power and use a generator while waiting for power restoration.  Below are a few important tips to keep in mind to keep your house and family safe.

Please remember to:

  • NEVER use a portable generator in your home or garage.
  • Point the exhaust AWAY from doors, windows, and vents.
  • The generator should be at least 20 FEET away from windows.
  • Turn off generators and let them cool down before refueling.
  • Make sure to install Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarms in your home.
  • Carbon Monoxide from portable generators KILL Quickly, before you know what’s happening.

Carbon monoxide or “CO” is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas produced by burning gasoline, wood, propane, charcoal or other fuel. Improperly ventilated appliances and engines, particularly in a tightly sealed or enclosed space, may allow carbon monoxide to accumulate to dangerous levels.

Using Portable / Emergency Generators Safely: https://www.energy.gov/ceser/activities/energy-security/emergency-preparedness/using-portableemergency-generators-safely

Signs and Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

VDEM Generator Safety

Generator Safety

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