linemen in parking lot

Linemen gathered near the Altavista Food Lion in preparation for recent ice storms.

Area utility companies waged war against recent winter storms and resulting power outages.

According to a statement released last week, 2,182 Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative (MEC) customers were without service on the morning of February 18.

Many of the hardest-hit areas were in Pittsylvania, Halifax and Charlotte Counties. By February 20 however, only 121 MEC customers in Pittsylvania and Halifax Counties remained without power, according to a subsequent statement from the company.

Southside Electric Cooperative (SEC) likewise launched widespread restoration efforts, sending 900 crews into the field to make repairs, according to a recent statement, which also included the following announcement from CEO Jeff Edwards:

“We are focused on the task at hand — restoring your power. We know there are issues that need to be addressed and discussed with our members. We will have a frank and transparent discussion as soon as the lights are back on. Thank you for your patience and prayers for the safety of our line crew.”

On the morning of February 23, 6,981 SEC customers remained without power of a total 48,000 who lost it during recent storms. Over 2,000 SEC customers regained power on Monday night. Though outages remain throughout SEC’s territory, there are concentrations in Dinwiddie, Lunenberg and Nottoway Counties.

Appalachian Power recently stated that power had been restored to 75% of its customers on February 22. Most Appalachian Power customers who remain without electricity are now concentrated in West Virginia.

According to statements from Dominion Energy, over 290,000 Dominion customers lost power during the recent storms. By February 19 however, Dominion stated that power had been restored to the vast majority of its customers.

As life returns to normal for most after the ice storms in Virginia, recovery efforts in places that were more severely affected, like Texas, continue.