Power outage in Burleson sends families to warming shelters

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by TODD UNGER

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Posted on January 6, 2014 at 11:19 PM

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BURLESON — A power outage early Monday morning in Burleson affecting more than 3,500 Oncor customers prompted the city to set up an emergency warming shelter at the local recreation center.

Burleson police initially said they expected power to be restored to most homes by 6 or 7 p.m., but because of continuing outages on Monday evening, the city shifted its warming shelter to Kerr Middle School, 517 Southwest Johnson Avenue.

With assistance from the American Red Cross, the shelter was scheduled to be open from 9:30 p.m. Monday until 7:30 a.m. Tuesday for any families who needed a warm place to spend the night.

According to Oncor, the area most impacted was along Hidden Creek Parkway.

One homeowner told News 8 she was afraid of what the frigid temperatures, coupled with no heat, might mean for her pipes.

"We're gonna be in big trouble then," said Kathleen Hawkins, who was at a warmiing center with her son earlier on Monday.

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