Listen up: Stop calling 911 for power outages, say authorities

East Texas authorities want to remind all east Texans that 911 needs to be used for life threatening emergencies. Power outages don't fall into that category.

Tyler 911 dispatchers say they're overwhelmed with power outage calls and those lines need to be open for rescues and emergencies.

Your power company needs to know about the outage so that they can fix it. Please call them if you have an outage.

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