CREWE – Line crews and personnel from Southside Electric Cooperative (SEC) worked alongside contractors Thursday night and into the weekend to restore power to members affected by a fast-moving line of severe thunderstorms that brought high winds and rain to central and southern Virginia Thursday afternoon. Snapping poles and blowing trees onto power lines, the storm moved west across SEC service territory and caused more than 23,000 outages at its height.
Extensive damage occurred along SEC’s electric distribution line system from Pittsylvania and Bedford Counties (west) to the city of Petersburg and Dinwiddie County (east). While electricity has been restored to all SEC delivery points affected by the storm, as of 1:00pm SEC has about 7,200 members still without power at roughly 450 different outage locations. Currently, a total of 171 line workers have been deployed to restore power outages throughout SEC service territory.
SEC members can expect several days before all outages are fully restored, and should be instructed to prepare accordingly. This should be especially stressed to members who might be on oxygen or other types of life support equipment. Members should stay away from downed power lines which may be still energized. These and other damage conditions should be reported to SEC at 1-866-878-5514 and/or to local law enforcement. The Cooperative will be issuing periodic updates on the power restoration efforts on local radio/television stations and other local media, including the Co-op’s website, until electricity has been fully restored.
Headquartered in Crewe, SEC is a member-owned electric-distribution utility serving more than 54,000 meters throughout southern and central Virginia. For more information on current outage numbers, please visit