Power outages, road closures in East Texas after Saturday storms

Published: Apr. 30, 2017 at 3:19 AM CDT|Updated: Apr. 30, 2017 at 4:37 PM CDT
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EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - The Van Zandt County judge reported Sunday evening more than 650 people were without power in Van Zandt County.

The judge also said that restoration has begun on Highway 64 West and that they expect restoration by midnight. He added that the FM 2909 Martin Mills area should also have power restored by midnight.

As of 7 p.m., SWEPCO was reporting less than 800 people without power in East Texas.

ONCOR was reporting over 5,000 customers affected in East Texas. However, as of an update at 7 p.m. Sunday, the numbers had decreased somewhat to:  27 customers were affected in Smith County, 3,734 customers were affected in Van Zandt County.

Wood County Electric Cooperative is reporting just over 75 customers without power.

Trinity Valley Electric reports as of 7 p.m. Sunday, 6,785 in Van Zandt County, 4,758 in Henderson County and 2,279 in Kaufman County.

Upshur Rural Electric is reporting more than 70 customers without power.

Road closures 

Texas Department of Transportation officials said all state roadways are clear of debris in Van Zandt County but they are assisting with clearing county roads from tornado damage.

Officials said that while no damage to roadways occurred, employees are working to remove trees and debris, and assisting with county roadway issues.

From TxDOT:

FM 17 closed north of I-20 to allow pole trucks to work. Employees worked throughout the night to remove fallen trees and debris to get roadways open and continue to assess the situation.

Once downed power lines and poles are attended to, crews will perform additional necessary work. Crews are also assisting with clearing county roads to allow access to impacted areas for wellness checks of citizens.

TxDOT currently has crews and equipment working in Van Zandt County and will remain on active duty until no longer warranted.

Road conditions and traffic updates available on Facebook.com/txdot or Twitter/TxDOTTyler. For more information call (903) 510-9267.

See a map of SWEPCO outages here.
See a map of Oncor outages here.
See a map of Rusk County Rural Electric outages here.
See a map of Wood County Electric Cooperative outages here.
See a map of Upshur Rural Electric outages here.
See a map of Trinity Valley Electric Cooperative outages here.

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