In the 48 hours since Hurricane Rita hit the TXU Electric Delivery system, power outages have been reduced by more than two-thirds from the height of the storm and a workforce of 1400 employees and contractors has been deployed in the most devastated areas. More than 1000 additional workers are on the ground today in East Texas along with 700 trucks and vehicles.
At 3 p.m. today, less than 40,000 homes and business in East Texas are without power, down from 130,000 at the storm's peak. By the end of the week, TXU Electric Delivery expects to have power completely restored in the region. Specifically, power should be on in Tyler and Palestine by noon Tuesday, and Lufkin and Nacogdoches should be back in service by the end of the week.
"TXU Electric Delivery has been working hard to restore electric service to critical care facilities and to clear debris away for our vehicles and people. Now that we're able to focus on rebuilding and repairing lines that serve the most people, we can begin to see even more reductions in power outages. We have a small army of employees, tree trimmers and contractors working in East Texas to restore electric service safely and reliably," said Brenda Pulis, senior vice president, TXU Electric Delivery.
"Hurricane Rita may be one of the most damaging storms TXU Electric Delivery has ever experienced with 130,000 homes and businesses without power at its height and more than 200,000 customers affected. Despite those sobering statistics, our sights are firmly set on restoring electric service in East Texas."