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STORM RELATED: DETEC is reporting 23,058 outages is reporting as of 9 AM, Friday

August 28, 2020 | 9 AM

As of 9 AM, Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative is reporting 23,058 outages:

Jasper County: 1,044
Nacogdoches County: 1,043
Newton County: 1,802
Panola County: 714
Sabine County: 6,697
San Augustine County: 3,655
Shelby County: 8,100

Since Hurricane Laura's arrival, DETEC has welcomed over 150 contractors to assist with restoring power.  Despite the heavy downpours of rain and thunderstorms we are now receiving, all crews are working to restore your power as safely and as quickly as possible.

Much of yesterday's time was spent assessing damage across the 8 counties we serve.  This territory includes over 7,000 miles of line and 34 substations.  With hundreds of broken poles, lines down and scattered pine trees, estimated outage restoration times are not yet available.  Work is focused on repairing the transmission lines and main lines serving large areas.  With these repairs completed, we will be able to gain more knowledge as to how long restoration will take for those remaining. We hope to provide more detailed information at that time.

  *   At this time, if anyone in the home is dependent upon electricity for medical needs, it is advised that they seek an alternate location until power is restored.

  *   If you encounter a downed line, always consider it live and dangerous.  Do not get near the line or attempt to move or cut trees off the line. Please report all downed lines and outages by calling 1-800-392-5986.  For prompt reporting, please have the telephone and meter number associated with your account available.