CREWE, Va – Southside Electric Cooperative (SEC) is making all necessary preparations as Winter Storm Pax approaches from the south. Forecast models predict 8-14 inches of wet snow in Central & Southside Virginia beginning Wednesday afternoon and lasting up to 24 hours. Ice accumulation is possible in areas to the south and east, along the I-85 and I-95 corridors closer to the North Carolina border. At this time SEC’s mobilization of supplies, equipment and personnel is well underway. Additional assistance from private contract crews and co-op personnel in states as far away as Alabama, Arkansas, and Kentucky has been confirmed.
According to George Felts, SEC manager of operations & engineering, “We’re gearing up for a multi-day event with widespread outages throughout our service area. Most weather models we’re seeing place the storm’s bulls-eye somewhere between Farmville and Bedford, but our entire service territory will be affected. Significant ice and snow accumulation on trees and power lines will stress SEC’s electrical infrastructure, resulting in downed lines, broken poles and other damaged equipment. As of now we’ve secured nearly 200 additional linemen from contractors and co-ops in states not affected by the storm.”
SEC Members are urged to make the necessary preparations to deal with the possibility of prolonged interruptions to their electric service resulting from the storm, especially with low temperatures predicted at night for at least the next 7 days. These preparations include: flash lights with fresh batteries, a battery-powered radio, non-perishable food items, alternate sources of heat, telephones that do not require electricity to operate, and emergency contact numbers. SEC reminds all members to stay away from downed power lines or fallen trees/limbs that may be in close proximity to power lines. All damage should be reported to the Cooperative, and if necessary, local law enforcement. Members with special medical needs should also contact SEC if they have not previously notified the co-op of the existence of such conditions.
If you experience a power outage, please call the Cooperative’s toll free outage number: 1-866-878-5514. Periodic updates on SEC’s power restoration efforts can be obtained on our outage map @ http://outage.sec.coop:8181. Please check for updated news releases @ www.sec.coop and also check for updates on our Facebook page: www.fb.com/SouthsideElectric.
Headquartered in Crewe, SEC is a member-owned not-for-profit electric utility serving more than 54,000 meters in homes and businesses throughout southern and central Virginia. For additional information contact Allan A. Sharrett, SEC Manager of Public & Member Relations at 1-800-552-2118; extension 3211, or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.