Thousands remain without power across W.Va.

Josh Holland of Huntington, from right, and seven-year-old Max spend the afternoon watching the birds at Harris Riverfront Park after a winter storm brings snow and ice to the area on Monday, Feb. 15, 2021, in Huntington, W.Va. (Ryan Fischer/The Herald-Dispatch via AP)

Josh Holland of Huntington, from right, and seven-year-old Max spent the afternoon watching the birds at Harris Riverfront Park after a winter storm brought snow and ice to the area on Monday, Feb. 15, 2021, in Huntington, W.Va. (Ryan Fischer/The Herald-Dispatch via AP)

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Thousands of residents in West Virginia were without power following historic back to back ice storms. In an attempt to get the power back online, electrical crews worked throughout West Virginia on Saturday.

While residents complained of restoration efforts being too slow, Southside Electric in West Virginia said they had 12 times the amount of workforce working around the clock to restore power.

“This example is the severe damage we had on our system across all entire 18 counties that we serve,” Southside Electric CEO Jeff Edwards said. “This is a slow process because of the nature of the damage that we incurred.”

Meanwhile, tens of thousands continue to remain without power across Eastern Kentucky and Tennessee as well.

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