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May 10, 2019 - More than 500 line and service personnel are working in the field to restore power, including crews from throughout SWEPCO and outside contractors, following severe storms that struck the Ark-La-Tex Wednesday.

At 11 a.m. Friday, SWEPCO had restored power to 47,100 of the 70,000 customers impacted by the storms.  Crews are working as safely and quickly as possible to restore electric service to the 22,900 customers who remain without power. The storms caused extensive damage to SWEPCO’s electric system, including hundreds of broken utility poles and downed wires.

Much of the remaining work involves areas with difficult access or extensive work at a single location to restore service to smaller numbers of customers. For example, a single pole replacement can take several hours to complete in order to restore power to five customers. 

More severe weather today may impact restoration efforts and cause additional power outages.

Remaining outages include 18,200 customers in Texas and 4,700 in Louisiana.

See the list below for estimated times of restoration (ETRs) by area.

Important notes:

Damaged service entrance - SWEPCO cannot connect power to any home or business where there is damage to the service entrance. The service entrance is the area located 1) at the meter, 2) between the meter and the home's electrical panel, or 3) the location where 's cable connects to the home/business owner's cable. These are customer-owned facilities. Customers need to have a qualified electrician repair this damage before power can be restored to the home or business. 

Crews at work - Residents without power are asked not to stop crew trucks as this will only slow down repairs. SWEPCO asks for your patience and understanding during the restoration process. In many areas, crews must rebuild significant portions of electric facilities to restore power.

Estimated times of restoration for 95% of customers that can take service (many customers’ power will be restored sooner):

Longview District:

  • Carthage – 3 – Noon Saturday
  • Gilmer – 73 – Noon Saturday
  • Gladewater – 1,673 – Noon Sunday
  • Henderson – 43 – Noon Friday  
  • Kilgore – 218 – Noon Saturday
  • Longview – 15,924 – 10 p.m. Monday
  • Marshall – 161 – Noon Saturday
  • Mineola – 35 – 10 p.m. Saturday

Shreveport District:

  • Bossier City – 31 – 10 p.m. Friday (revised)
  • Haughton – 747 – 10 p.m. Saturday
  • Plain Dealing – 6 – Noon Friday (revised)
  • Shreveport – 1,513 – 10 p.m. Saturday
  • Vivian – 222 – 5 p.m. Friday (revised)

Valley District:

  • Hornbeck – 24 – 5 p.m. Friday
  • Logansport – 41 – 10 p.m. Friday
  • Mansfield – 1,141– 10 p.m. Friday
  • Natchitoches – 984 – 6 p.m. Saturday (Creston area 10 p.m. Saturday)

SAFETY – DOWNED POWER LINES: Never touch a downed utility wire, no matter how harmless it looks. It can be difficult to distinguish between a power line and a cable or telephone line. All downed lines should be considered energized and dangerous. And don't touch anything in contact with the line, such as trees, fences or puddles of water, since they can conduct electricity. Keep children and pets away from this potential hazard. Call AEP to report any downed lines or equipment. Call SWEPCO or 911 immediately. 

SAFETY – PORTABLE GENERATORS: If you use a portable or RV generator, do not plug the generator into your circuit box. Portable generators "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.

OUTAGE INFO:

SWEPCO Mobile App – Report outages, check outage status, and more. Download at App store or Google Play. See SWEPCO.com/App

SWEPCO Alerts – Get an email or text message with the latest info for your home or business. See SWEPCO.com/Alerts.

SWEPCO.com – View an outage map, report outages and find additional safety information.

May 10, 2019 - The Lufkin District is moving into late spring and early summer with many ongoing construction and maintenance projects. Motorists are urged to use caution, reduce speed and stay alert as they travel through a work zone. Obey all signage, flaggers and lead cars. Never drive around cones or barricades in a work zone. Also be prepared to stop.

Work schedules are subject to change in inclement weather. For current road closures and project updates statewide, visit drivetexas.org. Work schedules for coming days in the nine-county Lufkin District include:

Angelina

  • US 69 North: Work to upgrade metal beam guardrail to design standards will continue from SL 287 to the Cherokee County line. Lane closures expected.
  • US 59: Work to upgrade metal beam guardrail continues from SL 287 to the Polk County line. Lane closures expected.
  • US 59: Crews are scheduled to repair surfaces in various locations.
  • US 59 South: Work is scheduled to continue applying a permeable friction course on this project designed to resurface the roadway from Whitehouse Drive to FM 2497 near Diboll. Motorists should expect delays.
  • US 69 South (Phase I): Crews are monitoring vegetation establishment from Huntington to FM 844 on this project that is designed to widen the roadway from two to four lanes.
  • US 69 South (Phase II): Work will continue from FM 844 to FM 1270 as crews continue to work on northbound lanes, install drainage structures and construct bridge sub-structures. Drill shafts and columns are also being constructed for the overpass at SH 63. In addition, dirt and structure work for the future southbound Shawnee Creek Bridge continues. This project is designed to widen the existing two-lane roadway to a four-lane divided highway. Motorists should expect some intermittent delays in some areas and/or shoulder closures, as well as large trucks entering and exiting the roadway to and from the work areas.
  • SH 147: Work is planned on cross drainage structures, driveway safety end treatments, and culverts near side roads on this project designed to upgrade guardrail to design standards and safety treat fixed objects from just north of FM 3123 to FM 2109.
  • FM 324:  Crews will continue working on cross structures and driveways on this project designed to improve guardrail to design standard and safety treat fixed objects from just south of SH 94 to US 59.
  • BU 59/Timberland Drive: Work continues on Timberland Drive progressing toward Chestnut Drive on this project designed to install sidewalks and intersection ramps. Expect lane closures.
  • FM 326: Work is scheduled to repair base in various locations.
  • FM 3521: Work is scheduled to level up the roadway in various locations.
  • FM 842: Base repairs are scheduled in various locations.
  • FM 841: Striping is scheduled at the newly constructed bridge at Biloxi Creek. Motorists should expect slow-moving equipment.
  • Various locations: Crews are scheduled to apply herbicide, straighten signs and patch potholes.
  • Robinson Lane: This roadway remains closed as crews continue to work on bridge approaches on this bridge replacement project at Gilliland Creek.
  • Various locations: Crews are placing stop bars and crosswalk striping in various locations in Lufkin and Diboll.

Nacogdoches

  • SH 21: Work will continue on this project designed to upgrade guardrail to design standards and safety treat fixed objects from SH 7 to the San Augustine County line. Motorists should expect intermittent lane closures.
  • FM 1275 (University Drive): Crews are upgrading a traffic signal at College Street.
  • FM 95: Crews are seeding and monitoring vegetative establishment on this bridge replacement project at Terrapin Creek.
  • FM 226: Work is scheduled to continue improvements to metal beam guardrail, upgrading to design standards, and safety treating fixed objects from SH 21 to SH 103.
  • FM 1638: Crews will continue to monitor vegetative establishment designed to upgrade guardrail to design standards, safety treat fixed objects and provide additional pavement width from FM 698 to US 59/SL 224.
  • FM 2609: Work to relocate utilities continues on this project designed to widen the roadway from Raguet Street to North Street (BU 59).
  • FM 2713: Work to rehabilitate the roadway is scheduled from FM 2112 to SH 7 East.

Shelby

  • US 96: Work is scheduled to apply a permeable friction course as the final surface on the roadway from US 84 to SH 7. Lane closures expected.
  • US 59: Crews are scheduled to mill and inlay the southbound lanes from Tenaha to Timpson. Lane closures expected.
  • SH 87: Crews are monitoring vegetative establishment on this project designed to upgrade guardrail to design standards and safety treat fixed objects from SH 7 to SH 147.
  • FM 414: Crews are scheduled to apply a seal coat to the roadway. Motorists should expect lane closures with pilot cars in use.
  • CR 4789: Crews continue to monitor vegetative establishment at this bridge replacement project at the tributary of Blackwater Creek and at Risinger Creek on CR 4620.

Sabine

  • FM 1: Crews are scheduled to continue preparing the right of way for this project that is designed to upgrade guardrails to design standards and provide additional pavement width from the San Augustine County line to SH 103.

San Augustine

  • US 96: Crews will repair base in various locations from SH 103 to FM 1751.
  • SH 21: Work is scheduled to place embankment at the Attoyac River bridge replacement project. Lane closures are expected.
  • SH 21: Bridge replacements are complete and crews are monitoring vegetative establishment at Venado Creek, Niciper Creek and Perkins Creek.
  • FM 711: Crews will be working on ditches on this project designed to reconstruct and widen the pavement from the Shelby County line to US 96.
  • FM 95: Crews are scheduled to cut high edges of the roadway and repair culverts in various locations.
  • Various locations: Crews will continue to remove debris caused by recent storms.

Polk County

  • US 287:  Mill and inlay work is scheduled at the railroad crossing west of US 59. Lane closures expected.
  • FM 2798: Crews are scheduled to repair edges in various locations.

Trinity

  • FM 2501: Crews are scheduled to seal and repair edges in various locations.
  • FM 3317: Crews will seal and repair edges in various locations.

Houston

  • US 287 South: Crews will work to repair edges in various locations from White Rock Creek to the county line.
  • SH 19: Work is scheduled to improve guardrail to design standard from 1.6 mile north of FM 231 to the Trinity County line.
  • SH 21: Crews continue to work on cross drainage structures and blading the topsoil on this project designed to reconstruct and add passing lanes from the east end of the Trinity River Bridge to FM 1280. Motorists should expect intermittent lane closures.
  • SH 21: Crews are working on seeding this project designed to reconstruct pavement and add passing lanes from 2.3 miles east of FM 2967 to SH 7.
  • SH 19 South: Crews will work to level up the roadway from SL 304 to Lovelady.
  • SH 7 West: Work is scheduled to cut high shoulders and clean ditches in various locations from SL 304 and continuing for about 2 miles.
  • FM 227: Work is scheduled to add topsoil and establish vegetation on this project designed to safety treat fixed objects from SH 21 to SH 7.
  • FM 2781: Crews are scheduled to place flexible base on the roadway and continue working on cross structures on this project to reconstruct and widen existing pavement from FM 1280 to US 287. Motorists should expect pilot car and flaggers.
  • FM 2663: Work is scheduled to repair mailboxes, driveways and county roads in various locations.
  • FM 228: Crews are scheduled to apply a seal coat surface to the roadway from BU 287 to the Anderson County line.
  • SL 304: Base repairs are scheduled in various locations from US 287 North to FM 229.
  • CR 1515: Crews will monitor vegetative establishment where bridges and approaches have been replaced.
  • Various locations: Striping is being placed at stop bars and crosswalks in various locations in Crockett.

San Jacinto

  • US 190: Crews are scheduled to repair pavement edges in various locations.
  • US 59: Crews are scheduled for pavement repair near the Trinity River Bridge in the southbound lane. Lane closures expected.
  • SH 150: Crews are scheduled to continue work on driveway culverts, embankment and flexible base on this project designed to reconstruct the pavement and add passing lanes from the Walker County line to FM 945 North.
  • FM 2693: Crews will place base material in various locations.
  • FM 3128: Work is scheduled to repair culverts and guardrails in various locations.
  • Various locations: Work to repair drainage issues, washouts, signs and mailboxes is scheduled in various locations.

For more information, contact Rhonda.Oaks@txdot.gov or (936) 633-4395.

May 9, 2019 - As of 12:30 PM, Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative is reporting less than 5 outages. We appreciate your patience and we commend DETEC crews for working diligently to restore power.


As of 8:30 AM, Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative is reporting approximately 600 members without power after overnight storms

Nacogdoches Co: 200 Members - Hwy 7 W area
Sabine Co: 180 Members - Fairmont area
San Augustine Co: 150 Members - Hwy 21 W
Shelby Co: 30 Members - Tenaha area
Jasper Co: 30 Members - Horton Hill area
 
Crews are now working to repair outages 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. 


Update: As of 8 PM, Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative is reporting less than 200 members without power. Approximately 150 of these members are in the Carthage area. The remaining 50 are scattered throughout the system.

Crews will continue to work until power is restored to all.

Above all, DETEC encourages everyone to keep safety a priority. Should you encounter a downed line, consider it live and dangerous.


May 8, 2019 - As of 6pm, Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative is reporting approximately 3,030 members without power after the afternoon thunderstorm.

  • Sabine Co: 1,600 Members - primarily in the Fairmont area
  • San Augustine Co: 1,100 Members - FM 711, 21 W, Hwy 96, FM 1277, Bland Lake, Hwy 147 N
  • Nacogdoches Co: 170 Members - Central Heights area
  • Shelby Co: 90 Members - Tenaha area

Crews are now working to repair outages 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.


As of 5pm, May 8, 2019, Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative is reporting approximately 4,100 members without power after the afternoon thunderstorm.

  • Sabine Co: 2,660 Members - primarily in the Six Mile area
  • San Augustine Co: 1,100 Members - FM 711, 21 W, Hwy 96, FM 1277, Bland Lake, Hwy 147 N
  • Nacogdoches Co: 190 Members - Central Heights and Oak Ridge area
  • Shelby Co: 90 Members - Teneha area

Crew are now working to repair outages 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.

To report your outage, please call 1-800-392-5986.

May 8, 2019 - A truck load of vegetables spread across the roadside of U.S. Highway 96 North just south of CR 3770 following a single-vehicle crash Wednesday, May 8, 2019.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Taylor Buster, at 9:30am a white Isuzu Diesel FTR box truck owned by MFC Food Service and driven by Yuanbo Qi, 40, of Houston was northbound on U.S. Highway 96 North when he failed to drive in a single lane leaving the road to the right.

Qi brought the Isuzu back onto the roadway and overcorrected taking faulty evasive action which caused the vehicle to roll onto it's passenger side and skid along the roadway before coming to rest in the outside lane.

No injuries were reported of Qi and he was cited for fail to drive in a single lane.

While the crash location was being worked, Tenaha Volunteer Fire Department diverted traffic around the scene until it was cleared at 12:50pm.

May 8, 2019 - The National Weather Service is reporting Shelby County and surrounding areas are currently under a tornado watch until 11pm.

Texas counties included are: Angelina, Bowie, Brazos, Burleson, Cass, Cherokee, Gregg,    Grimes, Harrison, Houston, Jasper, Madison, Marion, Montgomery, Nacogdoches, Newton, Panola, Polk, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Trinity, Tyler, Walker, Washington

May 7, 2019 - State Highway 7 West and the intersection of FM 711 was the scene of a major two-vehicle crash Tuesday, May 7, 2019, which resulted in one driver being taken to the emergency room.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Cpl. Jimmy Faulkner, at 6:50am a black Kenworth truck-tractor owned by Fluid Disposal Specialties and diven by David Hopkins, 65, of Marshal was hauling a trailer load of dry concrete westbound and was stopping to turn onto FM 711.

At that time a black Toyota Camry XLE driven by Wesley Bromley, 22, was westbound in the same lane as the Kenworth when he failed to control speed and struck the right rear of the trailer. 

The Toyota received major damage and came to a halt in the outside westbound lane facing south.

Bromley was transported by ambulance to Nacogdoches Medical Center - Shelby Emergency Department for treatment of injury.

Bromley was issued a citation for failure to control speed.

The Center Fire Department and Shelby County Sheriff's Department assisted with traffic control and ambulance personnel in moving Bromley to the ambulance.

May 6, 2019 - The Tenaha City Couuncil had three open seats up for election and four candidates ran on May 4, 2019.

Results of the election indicate the winners were Lee Gibbs with 54 votes; Durand Steadman with 34 votes; and Craig Richard Gray with 32 votes. 

The results are as follows:

  • Lee Gibbs - Early Voting: 5; Election Day: 49; Total: 54
  • Durand Steadman - Early Voting: 7; Election Day: 27; Total: 34
  • Craig Richard Gray - Early Voting: 5; Election Day: 27; Total: 32
  • Cliff Lloyd - Early Voting: 5; Election Day: 11; Total: 16

May 5, 2019 - The intersection of George Ihlo Drive and Payne Street was the scene of a two-vehicle crash Thursday, May 2, 2019.

According to Center Police Officer Chris King, at 1pm a red 2014 Ford Fusion driven by Rani Tomlin, 22, of Center was northbound on George Ihlo Drive. 

At that time a maroon 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 driven by Luis Martinez Hernandez, 37, of Center was eastbound on Payne Street when he failed to stop at the stop sign where the two roads intersect. 

Due to the failure to stop, the Dodge collided with the driver's side of the Ford causing damage. 

Tomlin was transported by ambulance to Nacogdoches Medical Center - Shelby Emergency Department for treatment of possible injuries.

Hernendez was issued citations for driving while license invalid and running a stop sign.

Both vehicles were towed from the scene.

May 5, 2019 - Tenaha Street was the scene of a three-vehicle collision which sent two men invlolved to the emergency room Thursday, May 2, 2019. 

According to Center Police Officer Robert Lee, at 7:40am a blue 2001 Ford Ranger driven by Young Jackson, 65, of Center was attempting to travel from Childs Street across Tenaha Street to Foster Street.

Jackson failed to yield right of way to a red 2003 Ford Focus driven by Antonio Yarbrough, 36, of Center which was southbound on Tenaha Street. The Focus struck the passenger side of the Ranger and caused the truck to spin into another vehicle.

The other vehicle was a silver 2018 Nissan Armada driven by Anacari Gutierrez, 29, of Center which was sitting at the Foster and Tenaha Streets intersection. 

Jackson and Yarbrough were transported by ambulance to Nacogdoches Medical Center - Shelby Emergency Department for treatment of possible injuries. 

Yarbrough was issued citations for no driver's license and unsafe speed. Jackson was issued citations for driving while license invalide and failure to yield right of way.

The Ranger and the Focus were towed from the location, and the Armada was able to be drive away.

The Center Police Officers were assisted at the scene by officers of the Texas Department of Public Safety and Shelby County Sheriff's Department.

Center Fire Department Firemen were dispatched to the scene to extricate one driver from his vehicle; however, and extrication turned out to not be necessary.

May 5, 2019 - Tyson Foods, Inc., a Rogers, Ark. establishment, is recalling approximately 11,829,517 million pounds of frozen, ready-to-eat chicken strip products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically pieces of metal, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The frozen, ready-to-eat chicken strip items were produced on various dates from Oct. 1, 2018 through March 8, 2019 and have “Use By Dates” of Oct. 1, 2019 through March 7, 2020. The chart contains a list of the products subject to recall.[View Labels (PDF only)]

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “P-7221” on the back of the product package. These items were shipped to retail and Department of Defense locations nationwide, for institutional use nationwide and to the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The problem was discovered when FSIS received two consumer complaints of extraneous material in the chicken strip products. FSIS is now aware of six complaints during this time frame involving similar pieces of metal with three alleging oral injury.

Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

FSIS is concerned that some product may be in consumers’ freezers. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Tyson Foods Consumer Relations at 1-866-886-8456. Members of the media with questions about the recall can contact Worth Sparkman, Public Relations Manager, Tyson Foods, Inc., at Worth.Sparkman@Tyson.com (479) 290-6358.

Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.

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