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Restoring Power to Ike Victims Proves Tough Task

When Hurricane Ike slammed into the Texas coast, the storm inflicted major damage to the electrical grid, leaving hundeds of thousands of people without power. Tom Bearden reports on the electrical grids in Southeast Texas and why restoring power has proved so difficult.

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  • JIM LEHRER:

    And, finally tonight, Hurricane Ike. NewsHour correspondent Tom Bearden has been reporting on recovery efforts in Texas all this week. Tonight, he has a Science Unit report on restoring electrical power.

  • TOM BEARDEN, NewsHour Correspondent:

    It hasn’t been an easy week for Houston residents Michael Williams, his wife, Lydia Luz, and their 8-year-old son, Alex.

    Their electricity, and the power to much of southeast Texas, failed as Hurricane Ike came ashore. No lights, no refrigerator, no stove since early Saturday morning. They finished eating all of their perishable food several days ago.

  • LYDIA LUZ, Hurricane Victim:

    You know, the first couple of days it’s sort of an adventure, and it’s like camping, and we’ve camped before, and we have our cook stove.

    But now I call it “Ike fatigue.” You know, you’re just kind of tired. The first thought I have in the morning is, “Here’s another day, you know, of like, OK, am I going to be able to find ice? You know, am I going to be able to entertain Alex?”

  • TOM BEARDEN:

    They have a lot of company in their misery. At one point, Hurricane Ike knocked out power for 5 million Americans.

  • JOE DOMINO, President and CEO, Entergy Texas:

    … hot all the way to — it’s hot all the way up to here now.

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