Nearly a quarter million homes and businesses in the Dallas-Fort Worth area are without electricity as a winter storm encases North Texas in ice.
Some 2,500 Oncor Electric Delivery linemen and contractors are currently working to restore power. "We've been prepping for this all week," Oncor spokesperson Jeamy Molina tells Unfair Park. "We've been in communication with utilities across Texas and the country, and they started arriving yesterday and will continue throughout today."
So far, the outages appear to be caused largely by falling, ice-laden tree limbs that are knocking out lines. Molina is asking Oncor customers for patience.
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"Safety is our number-one priority for our customers and our employees," she says."The roads are treacherous so it's taking longer for crews to navigate them. But we work 16-hour shifts, through the day and night."
Oncor doesn't have an estimate for when power will be restored. With freezing rain continuing to fall, outages may continue to mount. Even melting ice could cause outages. Molina says.
"The storm is still kind of passing through. We're trying to assess everything we can."