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TXU Electric Delivery Workforce in East Texas Rises to 1,400

In the 48 hours since Hurricane Rita hit the TXU Electric Delivery system, power outages have been reduced by more than two thirds from the height of the storm and a workforce of 1,400 employees and contractors has been deployed in the most devastated areas. More than 1,000 additional workers are on the ground today in East Texas along with 700 trucks and vehicles.


 At 3 p.m. today, less than 40,000 homes and business in East Texas are without power, down from 130,000 at the storm’s peak. By the end of the week, TXU Electric Delivery expects to have power completely restored in the region. Specifically, power should be on in Tyler and Palestine by noon Tuesday, and Lufkin and Nacogdoches should be back in service by the end of the week.


 “TXU Electric Delivery has been working hard to restore electric service to critical care facilities and to clear debris away for our vehicles and people. Now that we’re able to focus on rebuilding and repairing lines that serve the most people, we can begin to see even more reductions in power outages. We have a small army of employees, tree trimmers and contractors working in East Texas to restore electric service safely and reliably,” said Brenda Pulis, senior vice president, TXU Electric Delivery.


 “Hurricane Rita may be one of the most damaging storms TXU Electric Delivery has ever experienced with 130,000 homes and businesses without power at its height and more than 200,000 customers affected.  Despite those sobering statistics, our sights are firmly set on restoring electric service in East Texas.”


Pulis added that if your power is out, make arrangements to stay with neighbors or friends until electricity can be restored or contact the American Red Cross chapter in your city for assistance.


Heat-related safety tips


Customers needing additional health and human service agency information for their area can call 211 to be directed to important services within their community, or call the East Texas Piney Woods Red Cross at 903.703.2091. TXU Electric Delivery encourages customers without electricity to take the appropriate precautions against the heat until the power is restored by following these tips from the American Red Cross Association:


·        Dress for the heat. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing. Light colors will reflect away some of the sun's energy. It is also a good idea to wear hats or to use an umbrella.


·        Drink water. Carry water or juice with you and drink continuously even if you do not feel thirsty.


·        Avoid alcohol and caffeine, which dehydrate the body.  Avoid using salt tablets unless directed to do so by a physician.


·        Eat small meals and eat more often. Avoid high-protein foods, which increase metabolic heat.


·        Slow down. Avoid strenuous activity. If you must do strenuous activity, do it during the coolest part of the day, which is usually in the morning between 4 and 7 a.m.


·        Stay indoors when possible. If air-conditioning is not available, stay on the lowest floor out of the sunshine. Remember that electric fans do not cool, they simply circulate the air.


·        Be a good neighbor. During heat waves, check in on elderly residents in your neighborhood and those who do not have air conditioning.



If a heat-related incident occurs use the following tips:


  • Heat cramps or heat exhaustion: Get the person to a cooler place and have him or her rest in a comfortable position. If the person is fully awake and alert, give half a glass of cool water every 15 minutes. Do not let him or her drink too quickly. Do not give liquids that contain alcohol or caffeine.


  • Remove or loosen tight clothing and apply cool, wet cloths, such as towels or sheets. Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number if the person refuses water, vomits or loses consciousness.


  • Heat stroke: Heat stroke is a life-threatening situation! Help is needed fast. Call 9-1-1 or your local emergency number. Move the person to a cooler place. Quickly cool the body. Immerse victim in a cool bath, or wrap wet sheets around the body and fan it.


  • Watch for signals of breathing problems. Keep the person lying down and continue to cool the body any way you can. If the victim refuses water or is vomiting or there are changes in the level of consciousness, do not give anything to eat or drink.




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