Dallas storm victims anxious for power to be restored



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Posted on July 15, 2014 at 5:35 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 15 at 5:59 PM

DALLAS — Nobody knows how fickle the weather can be quite like Texans, and Monday night in Dallas was a good example.

“The first rain came and we were cool with that,” said Melvin Shield, who was at his parents' Oak Cliff home. “As soon as we finished dinner, we heard the 'thump.'”

That noise was the sound of three trees blown down, taking power lines with them in the backyard of their home.

By Tuesday, the debris was stacked out front after a long day’s work by Shield and his friends.

“We started this morning at about 7 a.m., and this is where we are,” he said.

What’s most concerning was that his elderly parents were going on 20 hours without electricity.

“We were just concerned about the heat for them. My mother decided to go to my sister’s house, but my father toughed it out with us last night,” Shield said.

Frustration is high. Oncor said about 3,600 customers remained in the dark on Tuesday afternoon. Workers were busy restoring power, but for some residents it was taking too long.

“This whole block here has no power, but across the street has power,” Lawanda Holmes said.

She had her door front door wide open, wondering if her family will be able to sleep at home in air conditioned comfort Tuesday night.

“We had to go stay in a motel last night, and that cost us money out of our pockets,” she said.

But after a few more minutes sweating it out inside, the power came back on.

Down the block, the Shield family kept working and waiting for their turn.

“I mean, it’s an inconvenience, but who can say anything about the Lord’s work?” Shield asked.

Oncor said it could be Wednesday afternoon before the lights are on for all affected customers.

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