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April 18, 2019 - County Road 1265 was the scene of a two-vehicle collision Wednesday, April 17, 2019.

Following the crash, both vehicles remained in the roadway with what appeared to be major damage.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Taylor Buster, at around 4pm a red 2017 Toyota Corolla driven by Jonathan Doyle Melton, 40, of Center was eastbound on CR 1265. 

At that time, Melton failed to give one half of roadway to an oncoming vehicle which was a beige 1998 Toyota Camry driven by Jeffrey Quinn, 32, of Center.

No injuries were reported as a result of the crash, and both vehicles were towed from the scene.

Melton was issued a citation for fail to give one half of roadway meeting oncoming vehicle, and Quinn was issued a citation for no insurance.

April 14, 2019 – Crews are scheduled to begin a mill and inlay project Sunday night on SH 87 in Shelby County. The work is scheduled to be operational through the city of Center on Tenaha Street (US 87) beginning at 7 pm. Work will continue from Church Street to US 96 at the north traffic circle. Work is expected to continue nightly throughout the week, weather permitting.

Some delays through the work zone area should be expected as work progresses. Traffic control will be in place during work hours. Drivers are urged to stay alert for workers and moving equipment, obey all traffic control, and reduce speed near and through the work zone.

A mill and inlay project requires removing the upper layer of the existing asphalt in order to remove any cracks, ruts and imperfections. A thin layer of asphalt is then placed on top of the milled surface, which levels and extends the life of the roadway.

For more information, contact Rhonda.Oaks@txdot.gov or (936) 633-4395. For more information regarding road conditions statewide, visit drivetexas.org.

April 14, 2019 - SWEPCO has restored power to 9,200 customers after severe storms on Saturday struck the Ark-La-Tex. At the peak, about 16,700 customers were without power.
 
The outages include approximately 6,200 customers in Louisiana and 1,200 in Texas.
 
SWEPCO and contract linemen are working as quickly and as safely as possible to restore power throughout the day. Power is expected to be restored to 95 percent of customers by:
 
Louisiana
· Shreveport – 11:59 p.m. Sunday
· Benton – 11:59 p.m. Sunday
· Haughton – 11:59 p.m Sunday
· Mansfield – 10 p.m. Sunday
· Natchitoches – 10 p.m. Sunday
· Hornbeck – 10 p.m. Sunday 

Texas
· Longview – 2 p.m. Sunday
· Marshall – 2 p.m. Sunday
 
How to report, track outages

· Use the SWEPCO app, available for download via the App Store or Google Play.

· Visit SWEPCO.com/OutageMap to find detailed information without logging into your account

· Sign up for text and email updates, including estimated time of restoration, at SWEPCO.com/Alerts.

· Call 1-888-218-3919 to report your outage

For updates and photos, follow SWEPCO on Facebook and Twitter.

Update: As of 9 PM, Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative is reporting approximately 1,000 outages. 800 of these outages are located in the Woden area and are dependent upon Oncor completing work on the line feeding into the DETEC system.

The other 200 outages are located in the Oakdale Community and Lake Pinkston area of Shelby County. This area saw heavy tornado activity and massive damage to the DETEC system.

At this time, outages are expected to continue into Monday afternoon.

If you or someone in your household is dependent upon life support, identify a location you can move to that has an alternate power source.

DETEC would like to remind members to be safe - STAY AWAY FROM ALL DOWNED LINES. Consider them all to be live and dangerous.

Outages may be reported by calling: 1-800-392-5986. Due to heavy call volume, please have the telephone number associated with your account and meter number available to expedite your outage report by using the automated system. This information may be found on your bill.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.


April 14, 2019 - As of 12:30pm, Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative is reporting approximately 1,600 outages scattered across the system.

Crews are reporting many trees, lines and poles down. Please understand the extent of damage and continued high winds, has slowed restoration efforts considerably. At this time, outages are expected to continue into Monday afternoon.

If you or someone in your household is dependent upon life support, identify a location you can move to that has an alternate power source.

DETEC would like to remind members to be safe - STAY AWAY FROM ALL DOWNED LINES. Consider them all to be live and dangerous.

Outages may be reported by calling: 1-800-392-5986.  Due to heavy call volume, please have the telephone number associated with your account and meter number available to expedite your outage report by using the automated system. This information may be found on your bill.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.


As of 9:45 AM on Sunday, April 14th, Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative is reporting approximately 1,600 members remaining without power. Approximately 800 of these members are located in the Woden area and will remain out until Oncor can make repairs affecting our system. The remaining 800 are scattered across the system with the majority being in the southern portion.

Crews will continue to work as quickly and as safely as possible. Above all, DETEC encourages everyone to keep safety a priority. Should you encounter a downed line, consider it live and dangerous. Please report all downed lines and outages to DETEC at 1-800-392-5986.

Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative is a non-profit electricity provider serving 8 counties in Deep East Texas: San Augustine, Shelby, Sabine, Panola, Nacogdoches, Rusk, Jasper and Newton.

April 13, 2019 - A storm wreaked havoc on Boles Field Road which runs east from Shelbyville to Huxley through the Sabine National Forest and was littered with debris and fallen trees.

According to the National Weather Service alert, at 3:11 PM CDT severe thunderstorms were located along a line extending from six miles north of Shelbyville to seven miles west of Pineland, moving east at 25 mph.

Tom Gardner and his wife Katy live on FM 2694, Boles Field Road, just past 'Welcome Hall' and they reported a tornado traveling through and lasting just minutes but left much damage in its wake.

Mrs. Gardner said, "It happened so quick, I come and looked out here and then looked out back and had a big tree done gone down back there. I said 'Lord have mercy.'" They also reported a tree collapsed on a dog kennel next to the house along with tree limbs down all around the property. It was noted leaves were plastered to the side of the house from the strong winds.

Besides the Gardners', other homes down Boles Field Road had trees down on their property as well. 

The Shelbyville Volunteer Fire Department and the Huxley Volunteer Fire Department were paged out to help remove a large number of trees across the roadway. The Texas Department of Transportation then arrived with heavy equipment and moved the remaining debris off the roadway and pushed fallen trees into the woodline and as far away from the road as possible.

Along the edge and deep in the Sabine National Forest trees could be seen with the tops freshly snapped off.

April 13, 2019 - SWEPCO crews are working to restore power as safely and as quickly as possible to the nearly 14,000 customers who remain without power after severe storms with high winds struck the Ark-La-Tex Saturday.

The outages include approximately 11,000 customers in Louisiana, 2,500 in Texas, and 400 in Arkansas. About 16,700 customers were without power at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Additional storms may delay repairs already underway and cause additional outages.

Power is expected to be restored to 95 percent of customers by:

Louisiana

  • Shreveport – 11:59 p.m. Sunday
  • Bossier City – 11:59 p.m. Saturday
  • Benton – 11:59 p.m. Sunday
  • Haughton – 11:59 p.m Sunday
  • Plain Dealing – 10 p.m. Saturday
  • Vivian – 10 p.m. Saturday

Texas

  • Longview – 2 p.m. Sunday
  • Marshall – 2 p.m. Sunday
  • Gilmer – 10 p.m. Saturday
  • Gladewater – 10 p.m. Saturday
  • Kilgore – 10 p.m. Saturday

Employees are assessing damage in and around Mansfield, Natchitoches, and Hornbeck. SWEPCO will share estimated restoration times for these areas once they are available.

Public safety reminders:

  • Downed power lines - Never touch a downed line, or go near it, no matter how harmless it looks. The line could be energized. Don’t touch anything in contact with the line, such as trees, fences or puddles of water. Stay away, and keep others away, especially children and pets. Call SWEPCO at 1-888-218-3919 or 911 immediately. 
  • Portable generator safety – If you use a portable or RV generator, do not plug the generator into your circuit box. Portable generators can "backfeed" electricity up the line and risk the lives of repair workers and the public. Follow the manufacturers' instructions carefully, and plug essential appliances directly into the generator.

How to report, track outages

  • Use the SWEPCO app, available for download via the App Store or Google Play.
  • Visit SWEPCO.com/OutageMap to find detailed information without logging into your account
  • Sign up for text and email updates, including estimated time of restoration, at SWEPCO.com/Alerts.
  • Call 1-888-218-3919 to report your outage

For updates and photos, follow SWEPCO on Facebook and Twitter. 

Update: As of 8:45 PM, Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative is reporting 2,700 members without power.


April 13, 2019 - Due to the afternoon storms, Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative is reporting over 4,000 power outages.

Crews are currently working to restore power as quickly and as safely as possible. Above all, DETEC encourages everyone to keep safety a priority. Should you encounter a downed line, consider it live and dangerous. Please report all downed lines and outages to DETEC at 1(800) 392-5986.

At 311 PM CDT, severe thunderstorms were located along a line extending from 6 miles north of Shelbyville to 7 miles west of Pineland, moving east at 25 mph.

At 313 PM CDT, severe thunderstorms were located along a line extending from near Woodlawn to 6 miles south of Joaquin, moving east at 35 mph.

At 258 PM CDT, severe thunderstorms were located along a line extending from near Center to near Rockland, moving east at 30 mph.

At 246 PM CDT, severe thunderstorms were located along a line extending from near Longview to near Timpson, moving east at 35 mph.

Radar indicates possible 70 mph wind gusts. Expect considerable tree damage. Damage is likely to mobile homes, roofs, and outbuildings.


April 13, 2019 - The National Weather Service issued at 2:58pm, CDT Saturday, April 13 a severe thunderstorm warning remains in effect until 3:45pm CDT for Southeastern Nacogdoches, Central Shelby, Southeastern Angelina, San Augustine, and Southwestern Sabine Counties.

At 258 PM CDT, severe thunderstorms were located along a line extending from near Center to near Rockland, moving east at 30 mph.

HAZARD...70 mph wind gusts and nickel size hail.

SOURCE...Radar indicated.

IMPACT...Expect considerable tree damage. Damage is likely to mobile homes, roofs, and outbuildings.

Locations impacted include... Center, San Augustine, Pineland, Rosevine, Macune, Shelbyville, Bland Lake, Neuville, Zavalla, Chireno, Broaddus, Hurstown, Denning, James, Jericho, Calgary, Bronson, McElroy, Arcadia and Chinaquapin.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Tornado Watch remains in effect until 700 PM CDT for eastern Texas.

For your protection move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a building.

April 13, 2019 - Hazardous weather roadway alerts:

  • Shelbyville VFD is clearing a tree on FM 2694 across roadway
  • Water over road 3 miles down FM 2026.

April 12, 2019 - The jurors scheduled to return to the 123rd Judicial District Court, Shelby County, Texas, on Tuesday, April 16, 2019, are released and need not appear. The Defendant entered a plea of guilty and waived the right to a jury trial.

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