SWEPCO estimates 10 p.m. Wednesday is restoration time for East Texas power outages

SWEPCO says power should be restored to most East Texas customers by 10 p.m. Wednesday after a winter storm dumped up to 4 inches of snow in the region. 

As of 9 a.m. Monday, SWEPCO said 57,800 customers in East Texas and Louisiana are without power.

"SWEPCO employees and contractors began working Sunday evening to restore power," said Drew Seidel, SWEPCO vice president of Region Distribution Operations. "We’ve called in more line and tree resources to help us restore power as quickly and as safely as possible.”

SWEPCO said outages were caused by tree branches weighed down with snow and coming into contact with power lines — and that additional outages may occur Monday as snow melts and tree limbs weighed down with snow come into contact with power lines on their way back up.

“Safety is our first priority. Never touch a downed utility wire, no matter how harmless it looks,” Seidel said. “All downed lines should be considered energized and dangerous. Downed wires may be covered in snow and difficult to see.”

“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,” Seidel said.

Report downed lines and equipment and other hazards immediately to SWEPCO at 1-888-218-3919.

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