TXU Electric Delivery restored electric service to Jacksonville today, lowering the total number of homes and businesses in East Texas without power to less than 30,000 overall. Lufkin and Nacogdoches are the focus for the remaining restoration work in East Texas, with a goal of completing all Hurricane Rita repairs by the end of the week.
Angelina and Nacogdoches counties were the hardest hit by Hurricane Rita with 40 percent and 51 percent of all customers in those counties without power, respectively.
"TXU Electric Delivery is entering the most difficult phase of restoration when we find homes too damaged to accept power," said Brenda Pulis, senior vice president, TXU Electric Delivery. "Our workforce of 1,400 employees and contractors is in a full court press to get this job done."
Customers with damage to their electrical equipment should call a qualified electrician to make necessary repairs. TXU Electric Delivery cannot restore power to a location with a damaged meter base, conduit or weather head (the metal pipe extending upward from the structure with electrical cables inside).
Run portable generators in well-ventilated areas, not in homes or garages. Gasoline-powered generators produce carbon monoxide, and the fumes can be deadly.
TXU Electric Delivery Company, a subsidiary of TXU Corp., provides power to three million electric delivery points over more than 100,000 miles of distribution and 14,000 miles of transmission lines.Important safety information can be obtained by going directly to www.txuelectricdelivery.com