SWEPCO crews from Vivian, La. work hurricane restoration in Victoria, Texas.
SWEPCO sent 187 employees and contractors to assist its sister company, AEP Texas, in restoration efforts once Hurricane Harvey made landfall at Port Aransas as a Category 4 hurricane. Crews from SWEPCO’s Fayetteville, Texarkana, Longview, Shreveport, and Natchitoches areas arrived in Austin and north of Victoria and started work Sunday, August 27 as weather permitted. AEP Texas, based in Corpus Christi, serves about 1 million electric consumers in south and west Texas.
At the peak of the outages on August 26, 220,000 AEP Texas customers were without service. Despite severe damage, almost 87,000 customers had received power by August 29, due to the assistance of 3,600 outside personnel working for AEP Texas, with one thousand more workers arriving daily from Kentucky, Missouri and Illinois. AEP Texas estimates some 2,100 utility poles and 55 transmission structures were damaged or knocked down by Harvey, along with 44 substations taken out of service.
SWEPCO crews are working in Victoria, El Campo, Refugio, Bay City, Gillett, Port Lavaca, Luling and Kenedy. The event ETR for 95 percent restoration for customers who can take power is Saturday, Sept. 2.