Oncor working 24-hours a day to restore power

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Most people in Lufkin are still in the dark, so Oncor is working hard to get power back on after Ike.

As of 7:00pm Sunday, Oncor has restored a little more than 8,000 customers since the storm blew through.

But at least 27,000 in Lufkin and 18,000 in Nacogdoches still have no power.

Oncor's Area Manager David Collier spoke to us Sunday and says he has 23 crews out in the area working on 24 hour rotating shifts.

And he says they have someone helping police answer 911 calls.

"We have a man going on those emergency calls so that no one is injured. For those who have brush around their homes, and don't realize there may be power lines under it. We are not only concerned about citizen's safety but employees too," says Collier.

Collier says South Lufkin and Diboll is down because of a transmission feed, so it may be a little longer for that part of the county.

He asks everyone be patient because they are working as fast as they can.

And for those using generators as back-up power, be safe with those and Oncor asks you kill the main disconnect so it doesn't back up into their system.

If you have a down power line, especially if it is on fire or sparking, call 911 and do not attempt to touch it or move it.