Entergy Texas is reporting catastrophic damage to its system in Texas. In fact, it is telling Hurricane Ike evacuees not to be in a hurry to return home.
Nearly all of its 395,000 customers are without power and 20,000 of those residents are right here in the Brazos Valley.
Burleson County residents are among those dealing with no electricity. About 4,000 people there are without power. Residents are now preparing to live without one of life's luxuries for the next few days.
It was a race against the clock at Lyons Grocery.
At 7:30 a.m. Saturday Ike blew through and knocked out power in the small community.
"Unfortunately we can't pump water without electricity," Martha West with Lyons Water Supply Corporation said.
Lyons Water Supply Corporation says its water usage is now limited. The board called its 200 members Saturday urging them to conserve.
"We do have water, but we need them to be very judicious in there use of it until power is restored," West said.
Burleson County officials say it could be days before power is restored, but Entergy Texas tells New Three they have yet to assess the damage and at this time don't know when electricity will be back.
However, the gloomy news did not affect the mood of some residents
"Ike is not going to stop us," one resident said.
For those of you who live in Lyons, the Lyons Water Supply Corporation has offered a few tips on how to conserve water. They're asking members not to wash clothes, dishes or do any extensive cleaning.
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