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Storm knocks out power to schools, daycares

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More than 300 Longview residents were without power Sunday and Monday, as heavy rains caused a dead tree to fall on power lines.

It happened near the intersection of Loop 281 and Tryon Road in Northeast Longview. The loop had to be shut down for nearly 24 hours while crews cleaned up the mess.

It affected even more residents as an elementary school and two churches shut down their daycare programs.

The playground equipment at Mobberly Baptist Church went unused on Monday as employees made calls to parents using their daycare service. No power means no daycare.

And it was the same across the street at Alpine Church of Christ.

"We're working with a skeleton crew. We have no computers, no phones, and our school, the Alpine Christian Academy had to shut down for this morning which was a kind of hurried thing. We activated our phone tree, called KLTV and put it on the air as soon as we knew so we're just without power waiting for it to come back on," said Paul Boorman, Administrative Minister, Alpine Church of Christ.

The gym was dark and empty, as were the classrooms. Usually there's around 150 pre-K kids on the campus.

They had also just received a shipment of frozen food for their food pantry Saturday. They managed to get their hands on a generator before they lost the food.

Down the hill on Loop 281, police had the loop shut down.

Swepco needed traffic stopped so they could get the power back up. By early afternoon they had accomplished just that, and opened up loop 281.

JL Everhart Elementary, Mobberly Baptist and Alpine Church of Christ will open as usual Tuesday.

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