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Storm Recovery Efforts Continue

As of Tuesday morning power crews from all around the Big Country continue to work to get the lights back on for thousands of people.
As of Tuesday morning power crews from all around the Big Country continue to work to get the lights back on for thousands of people.

At the height of the outages after Monday night's storms, AEP reported nearly 25,000 customers without power. More than 45 utility poles were snapped or damaged in the storm.   As of sunrise Tuesday the number has been cut to 1,750 Abilene area residents without power.

Service was restored to much of Dyess Air Force base around midnight and the remainder of the base had power by 1AM.

Overnight, rapidly rising water forced crews to close some roads, and there were reports of water rescues in Abilene including one at Ambler and Butternut.  Along North & South First some of the railroad underpasses had more than 6 feet of water. In one of them a pick-up truck was swamped with water over the hood. 

Police and fire crews responded to hundreds of calls for help as they fast as possible.  Several structures were damaged in the area from Southwest Drive, to Ridgemont Drive and Buffalo Gap Road.  The Albertson's on Buffalo Gap Road has some roof damage, as does the Century Theater, and Hilton Garden Inn. 

Residents of Warwick Apartments found themselves tangled in power lines after the storm roared through Abilene with 70 mile per hour winds.

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