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Sunday’s storm leaves 17,000 without power
Polk County Enterprise - August 2008
LIVINGSTON – A storm that blew through the East Texas area Sunday afternoon, caused power outages for nearly 17,000 of Sam Houston Electric Cooperative’s members, according to SHECO spokeswoman Mary K. Scott. Either straight-line winds or lightning also struck radio equipment at the Polk County Sheriff’s Offi ce at about 7 p.m. Sunday, according to Chief Deputy Byron Lyons. PCSO switched to a second broadcast frequency used by Polk County Road and Bridge departments and continued normal operations until equipment repairs were made Monday afternoon. High straight-line or possibly tornadic winds toppled a tree onto the roof of the Onalaska Police Department and City of Onalaska library Sunday afternoon.
The tree hit the edge of the police department building and crushed an offi cer’s personal vehicle that was parked at the department. Tree limbs punched a hole in the roof of the building shared by police and the library. SHECO crews worked through the night Sunday to restore power to its members. Crews from Louisiana and Texas were called in to aid this effort. Signifi cant progress was made Sunday night; however, crews will continue to work through Monday to restore service to its members. Damage varied throughout the SHECO service territory. Power distribution facilities in Montgomery and Walker counties suffered severe damage from the storm, as well as lines near Diboll in Angelina county. A possible tornado near FM 350 South in Livingston added to the damages of the storm, breaking several poles, which were replaced by SHECO crew members. At midnight, crews had restored power to nearly half its members with reported outages. By Monday morning, power had been restored to all but 3,500 members. Most of those are on the Cooperative’s western side, between Livingston and Conroe. Forecasters at the National Weather Service Houston/Galveston offi ce said they had no offi - cials wind measurements during the brief storm.