February 25, 2021 - Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative has officially restored power to all known outages following the winter storm. We appreciate everyone's patience and kindness shown during this challenging time. At the peak, DETEC reported over 23,000 outages.
After damages were assessed, we predicted restoration to possibly take 3 weeks. In just 10 days, DETEC crews, our fellow cooperative friends and contractors surpassed this goal. Hard, physical labor and mental determination are to contribute to this success.
February 24, 2021 - Many have contacted the cooperative in regards to a lineman accident. Yesterday evening, while restoring power after the winter storm, a lineman was injured, but there was no electrocution. Lineman crews responded appropriately as trained and were able to overcome the incident with only a minor injury. We appreciate your care and concern. Please continue to keep these lineman and their families in your prayers.
Today, crews are focusing on the remaining outages and estimate to have all power restored today.
February 23, 2021 - DETEC is currently reporting 2,233 outages remaining. All are expected to be restored by Friday. Please keep in mind that these are estimates, ideally we hope to complete this worker sooner. We thank you for your patience and support as crews have worked as quickly as possible.
February 22, 2021 - DETEC is currently reporting 6,567 outages remaining. Today, we expect to wrap up all repairs in Newton, Panola, Sabine and San Augustine Counties. Our larger impacted areas of Nacogdoches and Shelby County are estimated to be all restored by this Friday. Please keep in mind that these are estimates, ideally we hope to complete this worker sooner. We thank you for your patience and support as crews have worked as quickly as possible.
February 21, 2021 - In the last 24 hours, crews have restored power to approximately 4,000 members across the service area. As mentioned before, with so many trees and limbs on power lines pulling distribution and service lines down, this type of work simply just takes time. With this, it is very difficult to give estimates of restoration per area. On Wednesday we estimated that this work could take up to 3 weeks. We have had good weather the last two days and more in the forecast, and hope to greatly exceed this timeline.
February 20, 2021 - Yesterday and overnight, crews have restored power to over 7,000 members across the service area. Above freezing temperatures, accessible roads and more crews have contributed to this progress. Again, restoration is expected to be a slow process due to outages being scattered across our 8 county system vs isolated to specific areas. This coupled with yesterday being the first day we could really make some ground, estimates of restoration for each area are just not available yet.
February 18, 2021 - DETEC is currently reporting 22,365 meters without power which accounts for 50% of the DETEC system. All outages are now due to ice accumulation causing downed trees and lines. Rolling blackouts and load issues are no longer the primary issues as much damage to the system has occurred.
February 16, 2021 - Many have lost power overnight due to extreme load on the power system as temperatures have drastically dropped. These outages are not “blackouts,” but simply the inability to keep up with demand. Crews have worked tirelessly all night to find resolutions. Please try and conserve to the best of your ability.