Oncor nears complete power restoration after Texas ice storms

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Oncor Electric Delivery Co. expects to have all of the initial power outages that occurred December 6 during a severe winter ice storm restored December 9 morning. These outages were given the highest priority for the restoration. (Read more about the early December ice storms that hit the South Central U.S.)

At the peak of the storm 270,000 customers were without power; plus, about 50,000 new outages occurred December 7 and December 8. The new outages were a result of the continuing subfreezing temperatures and icy conditions that caused tree limbs to dip and break into power lines.

The additional outages from the ongoing subfreezing temperatures are expected to be restored by late December 9.

At 4 a.m., December 9, 14,000 outages remained in the Dallas area. Of these, only a few thousand are from the December 6 initial ice storm. Additionally, there are about 5,000 outages in Paris and Sulphur Springs from the weekend weather.

Nearly 5,000 Oncor combined employees, contractors and mutual assistance utility partners from eight states have continued to work around the clock quickly and safely.

There may be a small number of customers who are still without power after most of the restoration is completed. This includes customers who may have damage to their home electrical equipment, such as their meter base.

Homeowners who have meter bases (the box that surrounds a home's electrical meter) that are damaged or pulled away from their home will need to contact an electrician to complete necessary repairs. After electrician repairs are completed, either the homeowner or the electrician will need to contact the homeowner's city inspection office before Oncor can safely restore service.

Oncor is a regulated electricity distribution and transmission business that delivers electric power to more than 3.2 million homes and businesses and operating about 119,000 miles of transmission and distribution lines in Texas.

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