A power outage described as “widespread” has struck the city of Dickinson, TX., Monday this evening. The outage has affected traffic signals citywide snarling traffic.

According to city authorities, a substation went down and current efforts to switch customers over to another station may take several more hours.

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Texas New Mexico Power crews are currently working to switch customers over to another substation. Estimates are that the process will still take several more hours until this switch can be completed. City leaders advise drivers to use extra caution at intersections where signals are not working. Public Works and Highway Department crews are working to place stop signs at the intersections. Any intersection where signals are out should be treated as a four-way stop. h/t

The police department, fire department, EMS and city officials are aware of the problem and in communication with the power company. Residents are asked not to call authorities to report the outage, and only contact 911 if emergency services are needed.

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