Polk County

Power restored to most Co-op members

Hurricane Laura turns out the lights for thousands of East Texans

While most Polk County residents were spared from any storm damage as a result of Hurricane Laura, electric service was interrupted Thursday for an estimated 6,000 members of the Sam Houston Electric Co-op as of 8 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 27. 

SHECO linemen work to restore power to co-op members impacted by Hurricane Laura (Photo courtesy Sam Houston Electric)

Restoration moved forward quickly Thursday with SHECO’s service crews beefed up with 800 additional linemen. 

The lights were back on for about 300 customers in the Kountze area before noon Thursday. 

SHECO staged poles and other vital equipment throughout its service area before the storm hit. Watch preparations in Tyler County here.

Many SHECO members were affected by rolling blackouts implemented by Entergy. 

Repairs in the Beech Creek area of Tyler County were completed Thursday. Communications staff with SHECO reported they were waiting for Entergy to re-energize that area when the high demands Entergy was experiencing Thursday diminished. 

As of noon Friday, Sam Houston Electric was reporting these remaining power outages:

  • Polk County: 3
  • Tyler County 122
  • Liberty County 2
  • Hardin County 649

The total number affected was 776 of more than 78,000 customers as of noon Friday. 

SHECO further said no further rolling blackouts should be necessary Friday and into the weekend. 

Members can report outages through their My SamHouston account. By registering your mobile devices through that app, members can report power failures by texting “out” to 768482. 

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