by Christa Lollis
Storms and high winds caused trees to snap and power poles to fall to the ground. The city didn't see much damage but FM 2251 took a hit during the overnight storms, causing a power outage for the city's water wells. "We knew we lost power immediately once the storm hit last night and staff began to make arrangements with Oncor to bring the well field back up," City Manager Paul Parker explains.
Immediately 2 generators began working to keep 2 of the wells operating. It took nearly 12 hours to get all the power back on. Parker says he was concerned, but Lufkin has dealt with much worse. "We came very low during Rita. We actually lost nearly all of our water in our overhead storage tanks and our ground storage and if we would have had a major fire we would have been at about the brink of being able to fight it."