As winter weather swept through East Texas, Longview had its fair share of ice issues as well. Areas of Spring Hill were without power for the night, and the ice build-up caused issues on the road as well.
Sunday night the ice was sticking to everything, and some Longview residents lost power around 6:30, including me. The sleet stopped a few hours later, but in the out there in the dark you could hear tree limbs cracking from the weight of the ice.
Kawanna and Mario Gordon have lived in the Spring Hill area of Longview for about a year.
“Me and my son were sitting in the house watching TV and the lights went out,” Mario said.
“Well I was at work and of course we had no power there, so when I get home there’s no power here, and we have a four month old. We needed to get him warm and get him fed, so we went to a hotel last night,” Kawanna stated.
Matt Drew also lives in Longview, but he spent the night in his own cold bedroom.
“Going to work now. Hopefully we have power over there. I’ve got friends over in Gladewater. They lost power last night too,” Drew revealed.
In pre-dawn hours it began to snow, some of it drifting across roadways making driving a challenge.
In morning’s light downed trees were easy to spot. SWEPCO crews had been busy all night trying to get the power back on.
Lines were down across George Richey Drive in Longview, and barricades went up.
“However eastbound traffic coming in from White Oak has almost no where to turn around,” a Longview police officer on the scene told dispatchers.
SWEPCO moved the lines and traffic flowed once again, and so is the power, but it may be days until everyone is back up.
As of mid-afternoon there were still over 9,000 Gregg County homes without power, and about 3,500 in Upshur.