Storm Aftermath: City of Lufkin

News Release:

Lufkin Police Department

September 14, 2008

The City of Lufkin sustained a significant amount of damage from Hurricane Ike.  We have well over 100 reports of trees downed across roadways or on houses.

Work crews from the City of Lufkin are out in full force this morning to continue the recovery efforts that began yesterday afternoon.  Crews will be removing trees from the roadways beginning with clearing the largest streets and most travelled roadways first.

City crews cannot remove trees from private property.  That is the responsibility of the property owner.  Final disposal of limb and tree debris will be addressed later in the recovery effort.

Workers with Oncor Electric have begun restoring electric service to the area and will be working around the close to do so.  Residents are encouraged to treat any downed line as a charged electric line and to not attempt to cut trees or limbs that are in contact or near power lines.

Rumors of a 1000 generator giveaway by FEMA are not true.  No one with the City of Lufkin or the State of Texas Emergency Management Division has any knowledge about that.  The City of Lufkin has established point-of-contribution (POD) in the Angelina Village parking lot, located at South First Street and Loop 287.  This is the shopping center that houses Conn's and K-Mart.  The City will begin distributing water, ice, and food to local public residents at 12 noon until 6 p.m.

The City will evaluate the need to continuing the POD tomorrow, Monday, September 15th.  If the power is restored and most businesses are open, the POD program will be disconnected.

Gas stations are beginning to have electricity restored and are able to get some of their stores staffed by employees.  Three stations on West Frank plan on opening today at 9 a.m.  Law enforcement will be present to ensure an orderly opening.

We ask residents to us 9-1-1 for life and death emergencies only.  It is not for information and not to report electrical power outages, unless the outage is creating a life-threatening situation.

The city's phone bank number is 936-630-0600.  This is the number to call for questions regarding the Hurricane Ike evacuation, sheltering, or recovery efforts.

The Lufkin Police and Fire non-emergency number is 936-633-0356.  This is the number for reporting non-emergency crimes and to contact the fire department on non-emergency matters.

Lt. David Young, LPD