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5 p.m. Update

5:16 pm 28 Apr

​Sam Houston Electric Cooperative crews have restored power to 31,000 members following yesterday’s early morning storm.

“While not quite on the scale as a hurricane, damage from this storm has been very similar, with many broken poles, snapped crossarms, downed power lines and lightning-related problems,” Chief Operations Officer David Babcock said. “In several areas, our guys are finding hundreds of feet of lines laying on the ground, with seven or eight broken poles."

"Crews have made excellent progress over the past 36 hours," Babcock added. "Cutting trees off the lines is a dangerous and time consuming job that is necessary before the lines can be rebuilt. The tree crews and our line technicians have done a great job, and they will continue working to restore service to those who remain without power.” 

As of 5:00 p.m. Thursday crews are still working to restore power to 2,978 Cooperative members.

Hardin - 3
Jasper - 1
Liberty - 104
Montgomery - 907
Polk - 427
San Jacinto - 188
Tyler - 1,289
Walker - 59

9:30 A.M Update

9:21 am 28 Apr

For the second year in a row, April 27 brought extreme storms to East Texas, resulting in widespread damage and power outages to more than 30,000 Sam Houston Electric Cooperative members. According to Chief Operations Officer David Babcock, “The damage was much like we see with a hurricane. Many poles and crossarms were broken, and lots of line was on the ground.”

By the end of the day, power had been restored to 25,000 members. Along with Sam Houston EC crews, additional line technicians were brought in from San Antonio and Austin.

“Progress has been good, and the crews are doing an excellent job of dealing with the large number of trees that fell on the lines,” Babcock said. “We are continuing restoration work today (Thursday), and we expect the majority of power to be restored by this evening. However, there may be some cases that go into Friday.”

“We certainly want to restore power as quickly as possible. Our number one priority, however, is the safety of our members and of the line technicians who are out there for long hours in difficult circumstances,” Babcock added.

The current status of power outages can be seen on the Co-op’s website at, by clicking on “Outage Viewer.”

5:00 p.m. Update

4:57 pm 27 Apr

As of 5:00 p.m., power has been restored to 18,000 Co-op members. Additional crews from Wood County Electric Cooperative, Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative, Houston County Electric Cooperative, Inc., as well as contract crews from Austin and San Antonio, have been arriving throughout the day to assist.

Sam Houston EC crews and visiting crews are continuing to make good progress in rebuilding damaged lines and restoring power. It is expected that by tomorrow (4/28) evening, the majority of power should be back on. It is likely, however, that some cases will go into Friday.

Thank you for your patience as we work to safely restore power as quickly as possible.

10:30 a.m. Update

10:30 am 27 Apr

As of 10:30 a.m. power has been restored to 9,000 Sam Houston EC members. Our initial outages peaked at more than 25,000.

Our line technicians are encountering many broken poles, broken cross arms and lines that are torn down from this morning’s severe storms. Additional contract crews have been called in and are assisting with restoration efforts.

This morning’s issues with our outage reporting phone lines have been resolved. We sincerely apologize for this inconvenience. To report an outage, call 888-444-1207, and see our online outage viewer for current status and to track progress of restoration efforts.

Flash Flood Watch Issued

8:42 am 31 Oct

The U.S. National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a flash flood watch for most of Sam Houston EC's service territory. Please be safe on the roadways and tune into NWS or your local news station for important weather warnings.

Outage Update 4:45 p.m.

4:42 pm 29 Apr

Our restoration efforts following Monday's storm are coming to a close. We'd like to thank all of our members for their patience, understanding and encouragement. We'd also like to thank each of our employees, who have worked tirelessly over the last few days to restore power as quickly as possible.

If you are still without power or experience a power outage, please report it by calling us at 888-444-1207.

Outage Update 6 p.m.

5:58 pm 28 Apr

As of 6 p.m., approximately 2,200 Cooperative members remain without power. At its peak, yesterday's storms left 30,000 Sam Houston EC members without service and caused power outages from central Texas to Louisiana. Our crews have made tremendous progress and will continue this momentum until power can be safely restored to every member. 

Outage Update 4:45 p.m.

4:51 pm 28 Apr

As of 4:45 p.m., more than 27,000 members have had power restored. Crews are continuing restoration efforts and we can continue to see great progress.

Outage Update 12 p.m.

12:03 pm 28 Apr

As of 12 p.m., more than 24,000 Sam Houston EC members have had power restored. San Jacinto and Tyler Counties have the highest density of outages remaining at this time.

Outage Update 10 a.m.

10:00 am 28 Apr

As of 10:00 a.m., more than 21,500 members have power restored. Crews are continuing to work until power is safely restored to all members. Here is a video that explains the process Cooperative employees use to restore service to our members.

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