Lack of power frustrates residents in flood-impacted west Houston

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- Frustrations are mounting in some west Houston neighborhoods, where electricity has been cut and the flow of volunteers is being cut off.

Officers and state troopers are making sure people cannot enter communities unless they prove they live there.

In front of the Westchester neighborhood, law enforcement is checking identification and asking drivers who don't live in the area to turn around.

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Elected officials toured a flooded west Houston neighborhood.

Throughout the area, there are streets with as much as five or six feet of water.

In others, it is practically bone dry.

Centerpoint crews cut electricity to 4,600 homes in the area, and are now boarding boats to check for homes that should have power restored.

A nearby substation flooded, affecting another 5,000 customers in the area.

Centerpoint said it is building a new temporary substation to take care of power needs for the area, and hope to have it complete by Wednesday.

Until then, neighbors are banding together to help each other recover, tearing out damp sheetrock in the accessible houses.

Still, there are a great many others still too flooded for people to get inside.

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