Nearly 17,000 without power in Valley

HARLINGEN — Nearly 17,000 Valley residents remain without power this morning in the aftermath of last night’s storms.

As of 11 a.m. , AEP Texas reported 14,118 customers without service, while Magic Valley Electric Co-op reported 2,863 customers without power.

To check on AEP outages, or to report an outage, go online here: www.aeptexas.com/info/

For Magic Valley outages, go online here: https://magicvalley.coop/

AEP spokesman Omar G. Lopez said at the peak of the storm, his company had 37,300 customers without service early this morning.

“Flooding in some areas is so heavy that restoration work may be delayed until positioned crews are able to safely begin working,” Lopez said. “Crews from the Corpus Christi District and the Laredo District are currently traveling to the Rio Grande Valley to assist with restoration efforts.”

Customers who see downed power lines should call AEP at 866-223-8508 to report the danger.

Lopez said it was too early to estimate when all customers would have their power restored.

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10:39 a.m.

Thousands of Rio Grande Valley residents were without power Monday night and Tuesday morning.

AEP Texas says at the peak of the storm power was knocked out to 37,300 customers. Power has been restored to 20,000 customers and another 15,700 are still without electricity.

The utility company says crews are working to repair downed power lines, but are limited by flooded streets. AEP says flooding is so heavy in some areas crews will not be able to access the areas until flood waters recede.

Broken tree limbs and debris have also damaged many of the lines.

If you have downed lines in your neighborhood you are asked to call (866) 223-8508.