SWEPCO crews, contractors still working to restore power to East Texans after storm

SWEPCO crews, contractors still working to restore power to East Texans after storm
An electric utility crew works to restore power in Kilgore.

KILGORE, TX (KTRE) - After a brief rest overnight, crews with the Southwestern Electric Power Company resumed the ongoing effort to restore power to parts of East Texas early Saturday morning. The power outages occurred after a storm system blew through East Texas early Thursday morning.

According to a post on the Kilgore Police Department Facebook page, the SWEPCO crews ended their work late Friday night, and they were back at it by 6 a.m. Saturday morning.

As of 3:05 p.m. Saturday, the crews had restored power to all but 154 of the company’s customers in Kilgore and the northwestern part of Rusk County, according to SWEPCO’s online outage map.

When the SWEPCO crews stopped Friday night, there will still 391 customers without power, according to the Kilgore Police Department Facebook post.

“They, as well as the other electric contractors, have done an outstanding job getting repairs made,” the Facebook post stated. “If you didn’t see some of the damage in person, the photographs just don’t depict what everyone had ahead of them (in both clearing debris and repairing power).”

The Kilgore Police Department Facebook post also stated that KPD officers were going to be out patrolling neighborhoods Friday night and Saturday morning.

“We believe we have identified everyone needing assistance from the storm related damage occurring yesterday,” stated a previous Kilgore Police department Facebook post. “With that being said, if you are either uninsured or underinsured and need assistance at your property, or if you have any other type of urgent needs that haven’t been addressed, please give us a call to collect some information from you. Call into our non-emergency dispatch line: (903) 983-1559.”

Strong storms moving through East Texas early Thursday morning knocked out electricity for thousands of people and left behind fallen trees, downed power lines and extensive damage to homes.

The National Weather Service determined the damage was caused by straight-line winds.

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