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SEC Engaged in Power Restoration Efforts Following Extremely High Winds


CONTACT: Ronald O. White
V.P., Member & Public Relations
(434) 645- 3211




CREWE, Va – Southside Electric Cooperative (SEC) line and contract crews worked throughout the night restoring power to members after the devastating high winds tore through its service area overnight on March 1 and into the day on March 2.

At the height of the event, approximately 19,900 members were without power. As of 12:00 p.m. Saturday, approximately 3,896 members remain without power.

To assist with restoration efforts following the widespread outages, SEC has brought in mutual aid crews from neighboring states as well as additional contract line crews and tree trimming crews. Restoration efforts will continue throughout the day and overnight until power is restored to all members.  

Due to the extent of damage to SEC’s distribution system, including a large number of broken poles, outage restoration efforts are expected to last throughout the weekend.

SEC reminds members to stay away from downed power lines or fallen trees/limbs that may be in close proximity to power lines. Do not attempt to move downed lines under any circumstances, and exercise extreme caution around any damaged electrical infrastructure. Please report any damage to the Cooperative and/or local law enforcement in the event of an emergency.

Members should report power outages to SEC by calling 1-866-878-5514.

Southside Electric Cooperative is a not-for-profit, member-owned electric cooperative that serves more than 55,000 homes and businesses in portions of 18 counties in central and southern Virginia. Headquartered in Crewe, SEC has district offices in Altavista, Crewe, Dinwiddie and Powhatan. For more information, visit