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RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR)—If you live in certain areas of Richmond, the streets will be very dark tonight, for an unknown length of time.

An automobile accident involving a light pole is the cause, said Dominion Virginia Power.

The power company said that they discovered a serious repair problem at the Church Hill substation after the accident. 

Richmond Police would not confirm the location of the vehicular accident. 

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.

This will affect approximately 5,500 lights that normally come on at dusk in the evening and it is unknown at this time how long it will be before Dominion can perform repairs.

The City of Richmond advises caution during this evening’s commute home, especially for pedestrians.

Traffic lights will not be impacted, but visibility will be.

If you reside in an impacted neighborhood, please keep your porch lights on this evening.

Additionally, the city recommends that 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.