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Update: Oncor, city say they're ready; list of likely streets to flood

Here in east Texas many have responded to help evacuees, at the same time getting ready for when what's left of Gustav arrives here.

KLTV 7's Danielle Capper was at Harvey Hall in Tyler Monday, which is the biggest of the city's evacuee shelters.

Late this afternoon, the National Guard started loading up the trucks to take to evacuees. The Red Cross is preparing most of the meals for the evacuees at the shelters.

There are nearly 1,100 people here.

The city of Tyler told me here at the shelters the focus overnight is continuing to get supplies to them to meet all their needs.

But it's not just at Harvey Hall, the city of Tyler is preparing for Gustav's arrival.

With a big storm like this, they and the power companies are now preparing for flooding, blocked streets, and power outages.

"We've identified crews that can come to this area from other parts of our territory. West Texas and that sort of thing. Then as soon as the storm hits our local crews will do damage assessment and finding out where the worst of the activity was," said Charles Hill, of Oncor Electric Delivery."With the number of customers we have in east Texas it's a tremendous magnitude. It's like mobilizing an army."

Oncor, who has 250 thousand customers across east Texas has already booked hotel rooms, prepared parking spots for the trucks, and made accommodations for food, all in case extra crews are dispatched here.

"We've identified crews that can come to this area from other parts of our territory. West Texas and that sort of thing. Then as soon as the storm hits our local crews will do damage assessment and finding out where the worst of the activity was," said Hill.

"City crews will be working all of the major crossings. Bridges, culverts, to ensure that the creeks and drainage is adequate and to clear any flooding. All city crews have been placed on stand by for preparation to respond to the storm. Oncor has staged their crews in Tyler," said Mayor Barbara Bass.

The service center will be the hub, dispatching crews related to storm issues, crews that have prepared today. "Testing of equipment, handheld chainsaws...in preparation for falling trees so we can clear roadways as quickly as possible," said Mayor Bass.

All city crews are on standby. The city released this list of streets most likely to flood:

East Erwin, High Street to Fleishel

High Street Bridge,

Fleishel Street Bridge,

Douglas Street, Houston to Front,

and

Bonner Street Overpass.

At local stores, full parking lots were just a sign many were taking the advice and stocking up.

"We've been watching it all weekend on the news and looks like we are going to get a lot of rain so we just want to be prepared," said Clay Fanagan.

"Dry goods, water, Gatorade, things like that in case we lose power. Non-refrigerated items..pet food, basic necessities.

The city of Tyler told KLTV 7 tonight that they are figuring out just who is here at the shelters - who has pets in the shelter, and who lives in which town, all things to prepare to get the people here back home. There isn't a time frame on that yet, but the city is holding a press conference tomorrow where we should learn more.  

Danielle Capper, reporting. dcapper@kltv.com

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