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SEC working to restore power from impact of Winter Storm Gia

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

CREWE, Va – Winter Storm Gia caused widespread outages across Southside Electric Cooperative’s (SEC) service territory Jan. 12-13. As of Sunday at 1:00 P.M., approximately 8,200 members remained without power.

Snow and ice have caused trees and limbs to fall, breaking equipment and infrastructure.

Outage locations and numbers are likely to increase into the evening as the temperature drops and the storm continues.

SEC crews are working to restore power; however, due to difficult road conditions and numerous outage locations, members should prepare for the possibility of an extended outage event.

All available crews will work throughout the day until all members are restored.

Joining SEC’s full-time linemen in the power restoration efforts are BARC Electric Cooperative, Community Electric Cooperative, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative and Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative.

To report outages, please call 1-866-878-5514. Those enrolled in our TextPower program can text #out to 1-866-878-5514 to report outages and will receive updates when available by texting #status.

SEC reminds members to never touch or try to move a downed power line; always assume that fallen infrastructure is energized. Please wait for SEC personnel to arrive and make repairs.

Southside Electric Cooperative is a not-for-profit, member-owned electric cooperative that serves more than 56,000 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