Ice causes damages to trees and power lines - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/28/10

Ice causes damages to trees and power lines

By Brittany Pieper  - bio | email

 LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Trees and power lines were some of the casualties of the ice storm, and because of it thousands still had no power on Thursday night. Trees falling over on power lines caused most of the problems in Lubbock.

Tree's also caused damage to houses, which was quite a surprise to one woman who lives on 56th Street. "I heard this terrific crash. I thought oh my, did somebody run into the house or what?" said Betty Bessire. Thursday morning she looked outside and found a tree on top of her home. "It was a beautiful tree. Well taken care of, and then the center of it comes out. Isn't that amazing," Bessire said. 

Other Lubbock residents woke up to similar situations across town. "I just hate it because this tree is probably worth $25,000. It's the cornerstone of my house.  It's just beautiful, and it just fell."

Falling trees caused problems for Lubbock Power and Light who had all of their crews responding to isolated outages, causing 100s of customers to lose power. "With these isolated incidents it takes a little bit longer because we're having to go to so many places," said Chris Simms with LP&L. 

South Plains Electric Coop customers in several rural areas including Lorenzo, Hale Center, Shallowater, and Halfway lost power. At 2:00 p.m. Thursday Xcel Energy had 7,500 customers still without power. 

LP&L asks customers to help them by turning on their porch light if they experience an outage. "If that light is on, then that'll tell us that you have power back to your home," said Simms. LP&L says there's a good chance we'll see even more problems as the ice and snow continues.

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