Power Restored To More Homes In North Texas

Austin York
June 11, 2019 - 4:32 pm
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DALLAS (KRLD) - More people across North Texas are getting their electricity service back today. 

"We have restored power to more than 250,000 residents in the Dallas-Fort Worth area," said Connie Piloto with Oncor. "We have called on mutual assistance crews from 11 states and they are fanned out throughout Dallas-Fort Worth helping us restore power to each and every one of our customers."

Residents of east Dallas are happy to see those crews moving through their neighborhood. "I was thrilled to death to see their trucks out there, they're from Alabama," said one 82-year-old woman who has been staying with relatives. "I'm like 'thank you, Jesus, for sending us help down here.'"

City of Dallas emergency officials say it could take another day or possibly two before things are back to normal.

"We went out and hired ten contractors and they have been on the job," said Dallas Emergency Management Director Rocky Vaz. "Starting today, we're hiring an additional 14 contractors. That's the largest contingent we have ever had. Now we have all of our city crews and 24 additional contractors working 12 to 18 hours a day to clear the streets of debris, fallen trees and traffic signal lights so that we can have our streets and thoroughfares open to the public."

Dallas still has about 300 traffic lights out, most of which do not have power. City crews are working with Oncor crews to make those repairs.