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Help is here for high electric bills

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - With the high heat, comes high anxiety over energy prices. Agencies like PATH and Salvation Army say they're preparing to be overloaded with calls from people needing help paying their electric bill.

Those agencies say they're having to get creative to find a way to meet everybody's needs.

You can hear how the heat is taking a financial toll on residents. Christina Fulsom with PATH says they're anticipating a record number of people who will need help paying just to stay cool.

"We are very concerned. I think the bill for the month of July is going to be very high and of course we don't know what August has in store. We have families that are very worried about how they're going to make ends meet," said Fulsom.

"We don't know what it's going to be," said Tammie Knight, a worried resident. "We don't know what to expect because we have really been keeping our air on with four kids.

Fulsom says TXU customers can turn to PATH for help on a high bill. With more people in need, they've had to make cuts so no one is turned away.

"We've actually stopped giving fans to those who received a fan last year so that we can give a fan to the increased number of families that are coming in today," said Fulsom.

Over at the Salvation Army, they say the lack of state funding is not helping.

"Like I said we are kind of low rate now so what we can do is more limited then usual just because of the need that's so much bigger and we've had to kind of cut down a little," said Vicki Hastings with Salvation Army.

As agencies prepare for the rush of people, they say there's really no way to predict how much help they will need to provide until the bills come in.

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