Crews continue to respond to outages from Tuesday evening's storm, which primarily impacted Zapata and Starr counties in the southern portion of our service area. Most of the damage is from high winds. Crews have made a lot of progress; around 5 a.m. we had 600 meters without power in Starr and Zapata counties. As of now, we have around 155 meters that remain without power. Crews also replaced 12 poles damaged in the storm and have cleared multiple pieces of debris from power lines.
We have had issues reaching some locations because of the rain the area received. If you still do not have power: there will be some members that will not get power back until the early morning hours. We do expect to have all members restored by tomorrow morning, with the exception of some homes in the Falcon Estates area which are missing roofs and need meter poles replaced. We will be working individually with those members once all other repairs are made. Because of the damage, we cannot tell you exactly when your power will be restored if you are still off; however, we can tell you that crews will be working overnight to ensure all meters are back on.
You can track the numbers and progress on our outage map. Crews continue to focus on restoring power to main line sections and then will begin visiting individual locations off of those main lines to make necessary repairs. Contractors have been helping since the overnight hours when the first downed poles were located.
- Be sure your outage is reported through SmartHub or 1-866-MEC-ELEC.
- Stay safe.
- Do not approach downed power lines. Even if you do not have power, these lines can still have electricity running through them.
- Outage restoration follows a process, where power is restored to larger groups of members and then crews work down to individual locations.