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Southside Electric Cooperative restores power to 3,500 additional customers

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Posted at 12:50 PM, Feb 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-23 12:50:05-05

CREWE, Va. -- Hundreds of Southside Electric Cooperative (SEC) crews continue to work to restore power to thousands still in the dark more than one week after an ice storm.

The SEC said as of Tuesday, they've restored power to an additional 3,500 customers.

The company said the biggest challenge they have faced, is the two back-to-back ice storms that have slowed progress on getting power back on to customers, as well as help from surrounding areas.

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Leaders with the company said 900 linemen were in the field Monday, including help from out of state.

On Monday, a small protest formed outside of the company's headquarters in Crewe regarding leadership at the company.

The company said nearly 7,000 people are still without power throughout Dinwiddie, Lunenberg and Nottaway counties and that they're working around the clock to make sure everyone has lights by the end of the week.

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"We are from the very beginning and continue to and will not cease until we get their power back on and we're fully committed to that we always have been fully committed to our members," Ron White, VP, Member and Public Relations for Southside Electrical, said. "And that's something that will never change a storm will never be able to diminish our commitment to our members

The company hopes to have all power restored by Friday.