Neighboring linemen assist Deep East Texas to restore power

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Neighboring electric cooperative trucks driving into Martinsville was a sight to behold for the tired eyes of Deep East Texas Electric Co-op lineman Kirk Turner. "Straight? How many hours straight? about 24 (hours) right now," answered Turner when asked how long he's been working the storm aftermath. Turner wasted no time lining out crews from northeast Texas. "We have a lot of trees down. Mainly from wind, strong winds. A lot of lines down and poles, several poles," said Turner.

As many as fifty poles were replaced. As many as 8,000 customers were without power when two transmission lines to Timpson and Nacogdoches County were damaged. The Deep East Texas Electric Co-op says most of their customers will have power by late tonight. A few isolated cases will have to wait until tomorrow morning or night.

Debris pickup included blown off tin and quite a few limbs and trees.  One man is sawing up his own tree. When he's finished he'll help his neighbor out, the Holly Springs Baptist Church, a place thankful it was spared from structural damage. "A couple of our driveways are blocked with trees, but they'll have that taken care of so we can have people back Wednesday night for church," said Homer Murray, pastor.