CONTACT: Allan Sharrett
Mgr., Public & Member Relations
(800) 552-2118, ext. 3211
CREWE, Va – All available Southside Electric Cooperative (SEC) line crews and several contract crews were deployed after fierce bands of thunderstorms brought strong winds and heavy rain across southern and central Virginia on Wednesday night. Broken poles and fallen trees brought down power lines, causing outages in nearly all 18 counties served by SEC. At the outage height, approximately 5,000 members were affected by well over 100 different outage locations, with the heaviest concentrations of outages in Amelia, Brunswick, Campbell, Charlotte, Lunenburg, Nottoway, Pittsylvania, Powhatan and Prince Edward Counties.
Several substations, as well as multiple circuits feeding into substations, were among the single largest outage locations caused by the storm. Nearly 2,000 meters were affected by damage to SEC’s Briery Substation, which serves Prince Edward and Charlotte Counties.
“SEC’s service area was hit especially hard by the severe weather that came through from the west, causing our single largest outage event so far this year. We estimate the outage restoration process will last at least 24-hours, and we thank members for their patience and understanding. Please be assured that all available SEC linemen, as well as several contract crews, are working hard to restore your power. We are also keeping an eye on additional storm systems approaching from the west.”
Members are urged not to attempt to move downed lines under any circumstances, and should exercise extreme caution around any damaged electrical infrastructure. Members should report all such damage to the Cooperative or local law enforcement in the event of an emergency.
As of 11:30pm on Wednesday night, SEC crews had reduced outage numbers to just under 1,000 members at about 84 different locations. Members should report outages to the cooperative at 1 (866) 878-5514. For updates, check the SEC Outage Viewer at http://outage.sec.coop:8181.
Headquartered in Crewe, Virginia, SEC is a member-owned distribution electric utility serving more than 45,000 members throughout southern and central Virginia. For more information about SEC, please visit us @ www.sec.coop on Facebook: SouthsideElectric or Twitter: @SouthsideEC.