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Seven days after Saturday ice storm, power returns for most, but hundreds still in the dark

SoVaNow.com / February 19, 2021
Power has been restored to all but a handful of customers in Halifax and Mecklenburg counties after a week of widespread outages from back-to-back storms that hit the area.

By 3:30 p.m. Friday, Dominion Energy reported that one customer still lacked power in Halifax and Mecklenburg, while in hard-hit Charlotte and Lunenburg counties, 66 customers were still in the dark. Following the weekend storm that left a heavy coat of ice on trees, limbs and power lines, most homes in Charlotte and Lunenburg were without electricity, with outages continuing through most of the week for many customers.

Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative reported Friday afternoon that 483 customers in Halifax County, eight in Brunswick and 186 in Pittsylvania were still without service. MEC Vice President David Lipscomb advised Friday morning that the cooperative’s “electric system has fared well with little to no additional damage resulting for yesterday’s and last night’s ice accumulation,” referring to a second storm Thursday that was not as severe as forecasts by the National Weather Service suggested it could be.

“Today, we will continue our work in Halifax County and will be restoring neighborhoods and individual accounts,” Lipscomb reported Friday morning. “In Pittsylvania County, we will complete main lines, neighborhoods and individual accounts.

“Fortunately, temperatures are forecast to increase across our system this morning lightening the remaining ice load on impacted trees.
If weather holds, and there is no additional damage, we will substantially complete restoration throughout today and tonight,” he added.

Another rural co-op serving Mecklenburg County, Crewe-based Southside Electric Cooperative, had 328 customers in Mecklenburg with no service on Friday, and another 17 in the Town of South Hill. Seven days after the Saturday ice storm, 21,128 customers with Southside Electric Cooperative had no electricity. At one point during the weekend ice storm, up to 48,000 members of the 18-county cooperative lacked electricity.

In Brunswick County, 2,200 members remained without power on Friday, and in Lunenburg, the power was out to 2,790 customers on Friday, according to SEC’s outage tracking website.

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