Lack of response from Southside Electric prompts Dinwiddie residents to clean up storm damage

The Tri-Cities

DEWITT, Va (WRIC) – With over three-thousand Southside Electric Cooperative customers in Dinwiddie alone still without power as of Saturday night, some residents are cleaning up the damage left behind on their own.

This, as Virginia Delegate Lashrecse Aird told 8News power should be restored to the majority of the county over the course of the next week.

Neighbors in Dewitt told 8News the ice storms this week brought down hundreds of trees along Glebe Road alone, including around six or seven that are blocking one man’s driveway, making it impossible for him to get out of his driveway.

“I know there’s a gentleman that comes and he’s got to walk down and bring gas cans to him so that he can fill them up for him so that he can run his generator that he has,” Dewitt resident Billie Payne told 8News.

Southside Electric Cooperative told customers like those along Glebe Road that this storm is unlike anything they’ve ever seen, and they’re working to get power back on.

“As of right now, she’s like, I can’t even give you a timeframe as to when it could be back on,” Payne said.

Payne has lived in Dewitt since 2003. She told 8News she and her family have been without power since around 2:30 a.m. last Saturday.

Every two days, she and her family have been refilling gas tanks to make sure their generator continues to keep their refrigerator on and water running.

“All the gas stations there’s usually a line of people waiting filling up their gas tanks so they can also have gas for their generators so that they’re still with power or heat,” Payne said.

Payne and her neighbors have spent at least $25 a day to fill up gas cans to keep their generators running.

Southside Electric has brought in outside help, but Payne said the company told her it isn’t enough.

“One gentleman did say that the situation with the trees on the lines, there’s like 100 other ones just like that and they don’t have enough people that can clear it and take care of it,” Payne told 8News.

Payne and her family helped clear trees off of the road in front of their home.

“We have not seen anybody from the power company coming down here driving to check to see what our lines look like and our conditions look like, so I don’t know how long it’s going to be,” Payne said.

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