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Church hosts giveaway for families impacted by ice storm power outages

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Posted at 7:56 PM, Feb 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-27 23:30:05-05

NOTTOWAY COUNTY, Va. -- While the lights are finally back on for most families in rural Virginia, they still have a lot of catching up to do after weeks without power.

Volunteers with Mount Gilead church in Chesterfield organized an outreach event at Nottoway High School in Blackstone Saturday.

The congregation handed out meals, water, and essential items to folks whose food may have gone bad because of an outage or because they had to spend extra money to keep a generator going.

Officials with Southside Electric Cooperative said every member should have their power restored this weekend.

As of Saturday evening, just over 100 members were still without service. That included 2 in Charlotte, 35 in Lunenburg, 3 in Nottoway and 65 in Prince Edward.

An ice storm on Valentine's weekend knocked out power to thousands followed by a second ice storm the next week that downed even more trees and power lines.