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$73,000 generator stolen from the City of Electra

ELECTRA, TX (KAUZ) -

The Electra Police Department is still searching for the city's emergency power generator that was stolen Saturday.
Donnie Clifton, Electra’s Public Works Director, said they are not the only ones who rely on the back-up power source.
Electra is actually required to share the generator with surrounding cities because it was purchased using a Homeland Security grant in 2009, and that was part of the terms.

Chief Michael Dozier, with the Electra Police Department, said the estimated $73,000 generator was kept inside a locked fence, and was hard wired into the city's water tank located on highway 287 and Midway Church Road.

     “It puts us in kind of a crisis situation because anywhere whether it could be a lift station, the sewer plant, the water plant or anything of that matter, if it goes down, we're in a situation,” said Clifton.

Clifton said this is the city’s backup power source in case of storms or electrical issues of any kind, where they would not have power to run the plant.
Chief Dozier said the generator was stolen sometime between 1 a.m. and 7 a.m. Saturday morning.
Officials were able to obtain the trailer's VIN number and the generator’s serial number and entered them into the nationwide computers as being stolen.
Police also notified the turnpikes and sent out a region-wide notification, all the way up to any access along Highway 287 to 281 and I-44.
Chief Dozier said he is optimistic the generator and trailer it sits on will turn up.
However, if the generator is not recovered there is a possibility insurance will cover the cost.
Chief Dozier said they will have to check with the Texas Municipal League to find out if this is a possibility.
Officials said if it is not covered, the city manager and the public works director will make a decision if they are going to purchase another one.
The case has been handed over to the Wichita County Sheriff's Office since the generator was stolen outside city limits.
Police are asking anyone with information to contact the sheriff's office or the Electra Police Department.

Wichita County Sheriff's Office: 940-766-8170.

Electra Police Department: 940-495-213

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The city of Electra does not have back up power to pump water from Iowa Park to the city in case of an outage.
That's because Electra police said the city's $80,000 generator was stolen sometime between 1 a.m. and 7 a.m. Saturday morning.

It was taken from the City of Electra's Water Tank located at Midway Church Road and Highway 287.
Authorities said a lock to the secure area had been cut.
Officials are asking you to call the Electra Police Department at 940-495-2131 if you have any information. 

Wichita County Sheriff's Office 940-766-8170.

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