Sunday, December 8, 2013

Dallas-area power outages to be restored late Sunday night

Nearly all Oncor Electric customers will have power restored by late Sunday night, Oncor officials announced Saturday. The company has increased their workforce by nearly 50 percent, or 1,200 personnel, by bringing more contractors and employees from other utilities to assist in repairs.

In less than 24 hours, workers restored power to 140,000 customers.

Significant progress was made on Friday as crews reduced outages from a peak of 270,000 to about 130,000. Icy conditions and dangerous roads significantly slowed the crews' progress.

"We continue to call on additional resources to assist with restoring power around the clock until everyone is restored, and this winter emergency is over," said Jim Greer, chief operating officer for Oncor. Greer noted the only customers that may not be restored are those customers whose equipment on their homes was damaged or those customers in rural areas.

With the addition of 1,200 out-of-area workers, Oncor will have more than 3,700 workers completing repairs.

Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC operates the largest distribution and transmission system in Texas, delivering power to more than 3.2 million homes and businesses and operating approximately 119,000 miles of transmission and distribution lines in Texas.

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