Ice, frozen rain cause downed power lines in Texoma

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GRAYSON COUNTY, Tex. (KXII) With heavy accumulation of ice on trees, local fire departments are warning people about frozen limbs falling on power lines.

Power line, after power line, downed by icy tree limbs. Ice and freezing rain across Texoma has led to dozens of them, several of those in Denison.

"With all this precipitation, there is ice building up on the trees and the limbs and its causing a lot of weight and causing them to droop and some of them are breaking and causing power lines to come down."

That's exactly what Bruce Geilhausen with Denison Fire Department says happened at this home on Sears near 5th Avenue on Wednesday.

"A tree branch broke in the backyard and caused a power line to detach from the house and cause a small fire in the back of the house."

Oncor Electric disconnected the power line and the woman living inside is ok.

She's staying with family until her power comes back on.

The neighbor who called 9-1-1 says even firefighters had a close call with frozen tree limbs breaking off.

"I was standing on our back step and two tree limbs were crashing down behind them and I hollered and told them to look out and they all jumped and moved out the way."

No one was hurt.

Geilhausen says if you find yourself in a similar situation, stay away from the line and call 9-1-1.

"Stay out from under trees with a bunch of limbs because there is a lot of ice building up and the weight."

Together, Sherman and Denison Fire Departments have worked more than a dozen reports of downed power lines.

Oncor has called in additional workers from nearby areas to help.

They will be working on the outages until they can get them all back up and running but it could take a while.

Southeastern Electric Cooperative out of Oklahoma says while they are also working on getting power back on for their customers, due to the freezing conditions they most likely will not be able to get power back Wednesday night.



 
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