More than 130,000 customers had to be without power in North Texas on Saturday as the temperature remain well below freezing point.
Oncor however estimated that the power will be restored to nearly all customers by Sunday evening. Oncor Electric Delivery is Texas’s largest regulated electric delivery business and the sixth largest in the U.S.
It supplies electricity to approximately 7.5 million customers in a service area of over 400 communities in east, west and north-central Texas.
The company said that icy conditions and dangerous roads significantly slowed down the crews progress but still they were able to restore power to more than 140,000 people in less than 24 hours. The outages appeared to be caused largely by falling ice-laden tree limbs that knocked out the lines.
Oncor reportedly increased its workspace by nearly 50 percent, or 1200 personnel, by bringing more contractors and employees from other utilities to assist in repairs.
Jim Greer, the Chief Operating Officer of Oncor said that they know that its very difficult to manage without power and they appreciate the customers patience. He added that Oncor will be calling additional resources to assist restoring power until everything is restored.
The customers were asked to extremely cautious and keep their families and pets away and immediately call 911 if they see a downed power line.
Oncor ensured the customers that their employees are working 16 hours per day to restore the power. Customers without power are asked to notify Outage on its 24-hour outage hotline at 888.313.4747 or text OUT to 66267 or report it online.