DETEC reports major storm/tornado damage in Oakdale Community, Lake Pinkston area of Shelby County

Power outages expected to continue through Monday afternoon

UPDATED: As of 5 p.m. Monday, April 15, Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative is reporting less than 10 outages scattered throughout the system.  Crews are continuing to work and plan to have all outages restored this afternoon. 

 "We appreciate your patience as DETEC crews worked around the clock to restore power as quickly and as safely as possible," said Brittney Ford, DETEC director of communications.

 If you are without power, please report your outage by calling: 1-800-392-5986.

From Sunday night:

 

As of 9 PM, Sunday, 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 expediate your outage report by using the automated system.  This information may be found on your bill.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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.