EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - Widespread power outages to over 12,000 meters occurred due to the high winds and lightning associated with the heavy weather that came through our region last night. The outages are spread throughout Wood County Electric Co-Op's 9-county service territory and span all 9 counties. Line crews are working diligently in challenging conditions to remove trees and limbs and replace broken poles to restore power as quickly as possible. This work is difficult and involves heavy construction and the restoration rate may be somewhat slowed.
Power lines and/or poles could obstruct roadways, so extreme caution is advised for all citizens. We ask citizens to be patient as we work to safely restore power and to please be mindful that any downed lines could be energized. All should stay away from such lines and call the cooperative to report them.
Restoration of this magnitude requires an analytical approach, beginning with the areas closest to the generation source and working outward. The length of time to restore depends greatly on the severity of the damage, as well as the number of causes along a specific line. Those whose service is near the end of a distribution line take longer to restore, as all points between must be restored first.
Those affected should:
- Report outages to the cooperative at 903-763-2203. Due to a high volume of calls, some calls may revert to the automated system. This system allows input of the necessary information to record an outage.
- Use extreme caution with any usage of generators and only outdoors. Never connect a generator directly to a home as it can present electrocution risk to utility workers and neighbors served by the same transformer.
- Be patient.
- Those with mobile communications devices can check the real-time progress of outages and restoration by going to www.wcec.org and clicking the Current Outages link on the bottom left of the screen.