TXU Electric Delivery reported power outages in Lufkin, Texas, and Nacogdoches, Texas, dropped to less than 13,500 overall today, down from less than 30,000 yesterday. In Nacogdoches, less than 4,500 homes and businesses are without service. Lufkin has 9,000 customers without power. At the height of the storm on Saturday, Sept. 24, 130,000 customers were affected.
"Our progress has been great overnight. TXU Electric Delivery's commitment of resources and the hard work of our people is really producing results," said Brenda Pulis, senior vice president, TXU Electric Delivery. TXU Electric Delivery committed 1000 additional employees and contractors to East Texas on Monday, Sept. 26.
Crews encountered more extensive damage than originally expected in Lufkin. Hilly, forested terrain complicated restoration as they began rebuilding major lines and substations serving the city. In Nacogdoches, TXU Electric Delivery restored electric service to the Boys and Girls club, where evacuees from Hurricane Rita will be moved from local schools, and to the downtown areas of Chireno, Cushing, and Laneville. A Chireno Retirement Center and a water system in the city of Appleby also have power today.
"TXU Electric Delivery's restoration team is doing outstanding work in difficult conditions. The infrastructure has been damaged beyond what we anticipated with thousands of poles and lines down," said Pulis. "Despite these obstacles, we continue to anticipate full restoration by the end of the week."
With temperatures hovering near 100 degrees, residents without electric service should make other living arrangements or contact the local chapter of the American Red Cross to seek assistance until power is restored.