UPDATE:Power Outages Restored In Odessa, ECISD Continuing As Normal 4/23/13
CBS 7 Newsroom
April 23, 2010
UPDATE 7:35 a.m.:
ONCOR says all power in the Odessa area should now be restored. The problems originated at 2 substations in Midland and one in Odessa. ONCOR workers were locked out of the Grandview substation in Odessa.
ECISD says in a number of its schools, they will have to serve improvised bag-lunches since cafeteria workers were not able to prep for full meals.
"The power outages in north Odessa are affecting the following schools: Permian High School, Burnet Elementary, Ireland Elementary -- Ross Elementary & Goliad Elementary were out but power is now restored. All schools are open and functioning; we will open on time and then re-evaluate the situation, as necessary, as day goes on," said Mike Adkins of ECISD in a statement.
ONCOR is reporting 11,000 power outages across the northside of Odessa. According to Sue Mercer of Oncor, a transmission problem has locked crews out of an entire substation in Odessa.
Eyewitnesses also reported scattered outages around Midland and Odessa. One viewer reported seeing a flash of light in the sky before the power went out just after 6 this morning.
Mike Adkins of the Ector County Independent School District says schools are continuing as normal, as if it were a bad weather day.
"We are not aware of any power outages. Schools will open on time," said Spokesperson Mike Adkins.
According to its website, ONCOR says the outages could be fixed as late as 2:30 p.m.