Oncor Says Power Restoration Could be Completed Wednesday Night

Alan Scaia
October 22, 2019 - 7:37 am
Power line Repair

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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - Oncor Electric Delivery says it has restored power to more than 60,000 homes and businesses that lost electricity in Sunday night's storms, but crews will need another two days to repair lines to everyone.

Oncor says crews from utilities in neighboring states will join the restoration effort Tuesday. The electric provider says the length of the tornado's track is causing greater obstacles to restore power.

The tornado damaged transmission lines, so Oncor says crews will need to repair those lines and transformers before they can shift their focus to individual streets and houses. Oncor says 4,500 employees and workers from other utilities are working to repair lines.

The electric provider says some crews are using bulldozers to clear debris so they can reach lines. Others are being suspended from helicopters to restore transmission lines.

Dallas Police have urged people who live in areas of Preston Hollow affected by the tornado to stay inside between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. After dark, they say people may not see some debris or downed power lines.

"Police have a lot of this blocked off," one man said as he filled a gas a can at a station at Preston and Forest. "They're doing it because all these power lines are down. Yesterday, I went to get fuel early in the morning, about six o'clock. By the time I started home, they had already put up barricades to where I couldn't track the same way back."

Oncor hopes to restore service to all homes by Wednesday night.​