Residents endure power outages

Published 11:50 am Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Residents of Charlotte County are recuperating following power outages over the weekend.

“With no power it was unexpected with no water, no candles, no food to eat,” said Penny Gray of Keysville. “But with God I survive thank you Southside electric for everything you did to recover the power thumbs-up”

At 10:23 a.m. on Tuesday, Dominion Energy reported that only three residences were without power and all Southside Electric Cooperative residences had restored power. At the height of the outages, SEC was reporting that 1,825 customers were without power and Dominion Energy was reporting that 190 customers were without power.

On its Web Outage Viewer as of 10:45 a.m. on Sunday, SEC was reporting that 1,039 customers were without power in Charlotte County.

“We are working to resolve all outages as quickly and effectively as possible,” SEC officials stated on the Web Outage Viewer.

According to a SEC press release, as of Monday at 4:10 p.m., all known storm-related outages had been restored.

“At the peak of the event, SEC experienced more than 600 outages, causing more than 10,000 members to lose power,” officials said in a release. “Joining SEC’s full-time linemen in the power restoration efforts were three contractor crews and mutual aid crews from neighboring cooperatives.”

The release cited that contractor crews were Lee Electrical, Rocky Creek Tree Service and Davis H. Elliot Inc.

“Mutual aid crews included Virginia co-ops Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative (SVEC) and

B.A.R.C. Electric Cooperative (BARC), along with Jacksonville, North Carolina-based Jones-Onslow Electric Membership Corporation (JOEMC),” officials said in the release.

SEC customers should call (866) 878-5514 to report an outage.

As of 10:15 a.m. on Sunday, Dominion Energy was reporting on its website that 53 of its customers were without power in Lunenburg County.

“Dominion Energy crews continue to restore power as quickly and safely as possible to customers affected by inclement weather that impacted our service territory on Friday, Dec. 8,” officials said in a release on Dominion’s website.

Dominion Energy was reporting on its website as of 10:30 a.m. on Sunday that 122 customers were without power in Charlotte County.