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STORM RELATED: DETEC reporting 24,861 outages as of 5:00 p.m. Thursday

As of 5 PM, Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative is reporting 24,861 outages:

Jasper County: 1,609
Nacogdoches County: 1,287
Newton County: 1,805
Panola County: 1,083
Sabine County: 8,580
San Augustine County: 4,506
Shelby County: 5,991

All of DETEC's 115 employees are working along with 110 contractors to restore power as safely and as quickly as possible.
After the storm moved through, DETEC began assessing damage across the 8 counties we serve. This territory includes over 7,000 miles of line and 34 substations. Due to the nature of hurricane damage, much of this area is still being surveyed. With hundreds of broken poles, lines down and scattered pine trees, estimated outage restoration times are not yet available. Work has began to repair the transmission lines, substations and lines serving large areas. With these repairs completed, we will be able to gain more knowledge as to how long restoration will take. We hope to provide more detailed information tomorrow.

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.