RIDGELAND, SC (WTOC) - Crews from seven electric cooperatives in South Carolina are working to restore electricity service in Virginia, one day after a violent storm caused the broadest non-hurricane power outage in the state's history.
Employees from Aiken Electric Cooperative in Aiken, Coastal Electric Cooperative in Walterboro, Edisto Electric Cooperative in Bamberg, Pee Dee Electric Cooperative in Darlington, Santee Electric Coopeartive in Kingstree, Palmetto Electric Cooperative in Ridgeland and Marlboro Electric Cooperative in Bennettsville travelled to Virginia early Saturday morning.
The South Carolina contingent is assisting the power restoration efforts of Southside Electric Cooperative (SEC), located in Crewe, Virginia. More than 18,000 homes served by SEC were without power Saturday afternoon, creating a potentially dangerous situation as the state endures triple-digit heat.
Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell has declared a state of emergency, stating the effort to restore electricity to more than one-million Virginians will be "a multi-day challenge".