Planned power outage to leave 200 Collin County homes in the dark




Posted on March 1, 2013 at 4:55 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 1 at 9:08 PM

MURPHY - The power is going off in a Collin County neighborhood Saturday, but it has nothing to do with high winds or severe weather. This blackout is planned.

Oncor is shutting off electricity to 200 homes in Murphy for about eight hours and some customers aren't too happy.

"Beginning at 8 a.m. on March 2nd, you will be experiencing power outages that will last up to eight hours," read an Oncor notice placed on Doyce Harris' front door.

Construction on N. Murphy Rd. requires the utility to move and reconnect underground power equipment. The electricity in the Glen Ridge neighborhood will be off from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

"No cooking," Harris said. "No microwaving. No TV. No computers. I mean, everything's electric."

Imy Willis wasn't happy either.

"What about my computer?" Willis said. "I won't be able to get on my -email."

Her husband, Robert Willis, said he is worried about all the food in their two refrigerators.

"We have never experienced anything over 15 minutes in our 83 years," he said.

Codi Kapiloff plans on taking her kids somewhere away from their powerless house.

"You've got a dog inside and you've got stuff in the fridge," she said. "And you have all that stuff you have to worry about. It's kind of crummy."

Oncor officials say perishable food won't go bad if refrigerator doors are kept shut. One homeowner said even though it's a big inconvenience, it's a price worth paying if it means improving one of Murphy's busiest roads.