KILGORE, TX (KLTV)- The city of Kilgore suffered a blow when a storm blew through the area on Wednesday overnight, knocking out power due to downed trees and power lines.
In addition to the power lines that were knocked down, homes and vehicles were damaged by debris and falling trees. Clean-up efforts began almost immediately. At approximately 4 p.m. on Friday, Kilgore Police Department updated the area’s progress on their Facebook page.
They said that they believe they have identified everyone needing assistance after the storm. However, they say if you are uninsured or underinsured and need assistance at your property, or if you have other types of urgent needs that have not been addressed, you are encouraged to call them so they can collect your information. The number to call is 903-983-1559.
They added that majority of neighborhoods have already had power restored, and SWEPCO is still in the area working on whatever is left.
Police say they will continue extra patrols of damaged neighborhoods, and they stress that contractors should be checked out before being hired to do your repairs. They say to check references, reviews, and verify with the state that they represent a legitimate licensed business.
Southwestern Electric Power Company - SWEPCO had 9,300 customers without power Thursday morning and Friday they are down to 1,400 customers without power.
SWEPCO reports 95% of customers will have power restored by midnight tonight, but this is dependent on the 4 major power lines down by the schools.
You can connect to the SWEPCO power outage map here.
The City of Kilgore posted photos of the cleanup efforts.
Gina Wilken of State Farm: “As of now, State Farm has almost 900 claims total with about 150 of those residing in East Texas. With about half of the 150 in Gregg County. Mostly wind claims, not hail.”