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Major windstorm damages region

Law Enforcement Officials and Eagle Pass Fire Department Emergency Crews were on high alert throughout most of the day on Thursday, December 13, 2018, due to a severe windstorm reaching up to 50 miles an hour throughout our region.

The high wind storm, part of a cold front caused damages in numerous areas along Maverick County including fallen trees, downed power lines, ripped off roof shingles, destroyed signage, and even an overturned tractor-trailer boxcar.

The damages left in its wake from the strong winter wind storm affected thousands of community residents with American Electric Power reporting over 6,500 customers without light service as of 5:00 pm.

The Eagle Pass Independent School District called for all EPISD buildings to be evacuated and everyone to go home.

Eagle Pass Mayor Ramsey E. Cantu addressed the problem through the City of Eagle Pass Facebook Page.

“The Office of the City of Eagle Pass Emergency Operations Center is in full operation to assure the safety of our residents during this wind storm that came into our region this afternoon. A number of areas throughout the incorporated city limits and the county area are experiencing outages. We ask that you please be patient as American Electric Power (AEP) is assessing the damages and working together with City Hall Officials to establish restoration of services as soon a possible. High winds are expected through this evening. Thus, we ask that you please LIMIT your transit throughout our community as much as possible. A number of traffic signals are down and we ask that you be vigilant of such and the safety of others. Please stay tuned to all our City of Eagle Pass Social Media outlets for the latest in details. I further ask that you report your locations of outages via this post to assure that AEP has been made aware. Thank you and please be safe!” stated Mayor Cantu.

Maverick County Sheriff Tom Schmerber asks the community to be careful and to please avoid living your home due to the dangers including multiple downed power lines across the community.

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