SEC restoration efforts continue
CONTACT: Ronald O. White
CREWE, Va – As of 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 17, approximately 800 Southside Electric Cooperative (SEC) members remain without power after the catastrophic effects of Hurricane Michael.
SEC crews have made significant progress. Despite massive damage and dangerous conditions, approximately 39,200 members have been restored from the initial 40,000 impacted. The estimated restoration time for all storm-related outages is Thursday evening, Oct. 18.
However, there are still difficulties ahead. Over 220 outage locations remain, each requiring repairs in order to restore service. Crews have discovered over 125 broken poles and have faced numerous obstacles due to the devastation that Hurricane Michael left behind.
Nearly 235 SEC, mutual aid and contract personnel are actively working in the field. This number includes additional crews that were recently released from restoring power in other regions impacted by this historic storm event.
SEC is thankful for members’ patience and wishes to again remind all to please stay away from any downed power lines and equipment. Treat all damaged electrical infrastructure as if it is energized.
To report outages, please call: 1-866-878-5514. Another option for outage reporting is through SEC’s TextPower service. Members who are enrolled can text #out to 866-878-5514.
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 www.sec.coop.