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SC electric cooperative crews go to Virginia ahead of ice storm

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCIV) -- Electric cooperatives from South Carolina will travel to Virginia Saturday morning in advance of severe winter weather expected in the state.

According to a release, ice, snow and sleet have already knocked out power for hundreds of thousands of residents in the middle of the country.

"The weather in Virginia may turn bad Sunday morning," said Todd Carter, vice president of loss control and training at The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina. "We're purposefully sending our crews early.  If ice damages the systems there, we'll be ready to help restore power as soon as possible."

In all, seven electric cooperatives from South Carolina will send support to Virginia. Crews from Aiken Electric Cooperative in Aiken, Berkeley Electric Cooperative in Monks Corner and Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative in Pickens are leaving  Saturday morning and will assist Southside Electric Cooperative in Crewe, Virginia, which is 57 miles outside of Richmond.

Additional crews leave Saturday for Millboro, Virginia, located in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Employees from Lynches River Electric Cooperative in Pageland, Newberry Electric Cooperative in Newberry, Palmetto Electric Cooperative in Ridgeland and Santee Electric Cooperative, in Kingstree, will assist BARC Electric Cooperative if the winter storm damages its system.

According to the release, the crews could be in Virginia for up to seven days.

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