Thousands in Grayson County lose power after severe storm

Thursday's heavy wind brought down trees, leaving limbs in the roadways and homes without power.
Thursday's heavy wind brought down trees, leaving limbs in the roadways and homes without power.(KXII)
Published: Jul. 31, 2020 at 6:17 PM CDT
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DENISON, Texas (KXII) - Thousands woke up in the dark in Grayson County after severe thunderstorms blew through.

“We opened our storm center at 12 and at that time we had about 6,000 people without power,” said Todd Thompson, Area Manager for ONCOR.

Severe storm with winds clocking in at 60 miles per hour blew through Grayson County late Thursday evening, leaving thousands in the dark for hours.

“The problem with it was there were over 400 tickets so there were 400 different areas that had damage, and so it was a little overwhelming at first,” said Thompson.

Thompson says they had to bring in additional crews from the Metroplex area.

“We’ve since got 222 crews, 30 ‘trouble men’ which are the little single buckets, and then 48 vegetation management or tree-trimming crews in to help,” said Thompson.

Crews have been up and down the streets of Denison clearing roadways from branches and other debris from the storm.

As of 2:00 p.m. Friday, Thompson said they still had about 740 without power. That number was less than 400 by 5:00 p.m.

“Never, this has never happened. I’ve been here for 25 years,” said Bobby Gilley in Denison.

Gilley lost his power around 9:00 Thursday night.

“It’s been 12...13...14...going on 15 hours, and I’m 2 minutes away from downtown. And there’s just no excuse,” said Gilley.

At 75 years old, the Vietnam Vet says he struggled without power.

“I’ve had 7 strokes and a heart attack, and I have a breathing machine. I mean it’s not like we had a devastating tornado come through here and just tear up the town,” said Gilley.

ONCOR’s target for getting power outages resolved is within 24 hours, depending on the severity of the storm.

“Just be patient, we’ll get there as quick as we can,” said Thompson.

They say anyone who lost their power should have it restored by Friday evening.

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