What triggered the power outages Monday in Rice?

Published 5:27 am Tuesday, January 10, 2023

RICE – A short power outage Monday morning in Rice helped prevent bigger problems down the road. 

While checking up, a Southside Electric Cooperative (SEC) lineman found a problem as one of the lines was in need of a quick repair. 

Unfortunately, the SEC lineman could not safely fix this problem with the line still transmitting power. From  8:57 a.m. to 9:13 a.m. on Monday, the power was temporarily turned off and 182 residents were without electricity for a short period while the needed work took place. 

“SEC never wants to see outages,” an SEC spokesperson said. “In order to make our system as strong and reliable as possible, there are times when short outages are required.”

Call when you have power outage questions

SEC officials made it clear if anyone has questions about an outage, they’re happy to explain what’s going on. You can call 866-878-5514 or click here to ask questions directly.