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Winter weather power outage and emergency contacts: Who to call

We've compiled a list of emergency contacts ahead of Sunday's expected winter weather.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — As winter weather moves into South Carolina and the Midlands, there's a chance that some residents may end up having power outages caused by ice and downed trees. Of course, that's not all that can happen during a storm.

So, who do you call when you have an emergency or want to report a dangerous situation? Here is a list of responders in Richland and Lexington counties.

Download the WLTX app for the latest information. You can also text APP to 803-776-9508 to get those download links.

Dominion Energy: to report downed lines or power outages, call 1-888-333-4465; for a suspected gas leak, 1-800-815-0083.

Mobile: People can report an outage

Text: Register for Dominion Energy's text option online at www.sceg.com. Simply log in to your account and look for the "Activate Text Options" under the "Account Options" feature and then follow the instructions. If you are experiencing an outage, simply text the word "OUT" to 467234.

Duke Energy Progress

Phone: 800-419-6356

Click here for online reporting system

Orangeburg DPU:

Phone: 803-268-4100

Click here for online reporting system

South Carolina Electric Cooperative's Outage Map:

Click here to view outage map 

Aiken Electric Cooperative




Berkeley Electric Cooperative


Black River Electric Cooperative

Sumter- 1-803-469-8060

Camden- 1-803-432-9854

Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative


Broad River Electric Cooperative

Cherokee County- 1-864-489-5738

Other Counties- 1-866-266-7688

Coastal Electric Cooperative


Edisto Electric Cooperative


Fairfield Electric Cooperative


Horry Electric Cooperative


Laurens Electric Cooperative


Little River Electric Cooperative

1-800-459-2141 or 366-2141

Lynches River Electric Cooperative


Marlboro Electric Cooperative


Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative



Newberry Electric Cooperative


Palmetto Electric Cooperative


Pee Dee Electric Cooperative



Santee Electric Cooperative


Tri-County Electric Cooperative



York Electric Cooperative



Town of Lexington: for downed trees in the roadway within town limits, call the Parks Dept. at (803) 359-1027

City of Cayce: non-emergency number (803) 794-0456

City of Columbia: Office of Emergency Management (803) 545-4296

RELATED: Latest updates: Severe weather in the Midlands


Columbia Housing has an emergency response protocol to address severe weather. According to a statement, residents of Columbia Housing units should follow this protocol:

  1. During a Level 1 Emergency, Security Staff and Maintenance Staff are Columbia Housing’s First Responders. They are primarily responsible for Columbia Housing’s ‘direct response’ and should consider themselves on-call after-hours throughout the emergency.
  2. The CH Property Management Teams, Resident Services Staff, Case Managers, and Executive Leadership are considered Secondary Responders to provide support, as needed, to Columbia Housing’s First Responders. The emergency response protocol to address the current threat of flash flooding, severe thunderstorms, damaging winds, tornadoes, and power outages for its residents is as follows:
  • Sandbagging & Flash Flooding: Sandbags should be placed at Columbia Housing units in flood-prone areas such as Calhoun and Harden Streets and other low-lying areas. Security staff and Maintenance staff are responsible for installing the Sandbags in coordination with Property Management Teams.
  • Damaging Winds, Tornadoes & Power Outages: Columbia Housing’s Emergency Answering Service can be reached at (803) 251-2747. Residents are encouraged to phone in any emergency that may arise related to inclement weather. Power outages are to be reported to Dominion Energy at 1-888-333-4465.  If there are prolonged outages in any complex or unit; Project Management Teams should be prepared to transport and refer residents, as necessary, to the City of Columbia-sponsored shelters.

NEW: Text WEATHER to (803) 776-9508 for the latest weather updates and get your weather questions answered.