Cold weather results in power outages in western Nacogdoches Co.

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (News Release) - A spokeswoman for the Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative said the combination of a substation upgrade and the severe cold weather resulted in a morning power outage in western Nacogdoches County.

Brittany Johnson, a DETEC spokeswoman, said approximately 1,000 meters served by the Bayou Loco Station on FM 225 were without power as of 7 a.m. Monday. She said by 11 a.m. power was restored to all but about 75 customers.

"Increased power usage this morning was just more load the older station could handle," Johnson said.

Johnson said the outage is only due to the line being under construction, not its age.

The upgrade currently going on now is designed to curtail such problems in the future, according to Johnson. Johnson said they have no estimate on how long it will take to get power restored to the remainder of the affected meters.

"We understand that being with electricity is a hardship, please be assured that your Co-op is working diligently to restore your power," Johnson said. "Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time."

According to Oncor's Web site, no power outages were reported by their customers as of 11:30 a.m.

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