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Winter weather causes widespread power outages

Jan. 24, 2014 at 9:01 a.m.
Updated Jan. 23, 2014 at 7:24 p.m.


Winter weather meant power outages in several towns in the Crossroads starting Thursday night.

The first outage report occurred at 7:09 p.m. Thursday in Port Lavaca affecting 860 customers, said Elgin Janssen of American Electric Power Company (AEP).

Several poles were down as a result of the tropical force winds in the area. As the electricity was rerouted and the poles were replaced all but one customer were returned to service by 8:20 p.m, said Janssen.

The majority of these customers were in north and north central Port Lavaca.

In Beeville at 7:45 p.m. Thursday, 759 customers had electric service interrupted when several poles were downed because of high winds.

By switching and isolating problem areas 650 customers were returned to electric service shortly afterward, said Janssen.

The remaining customers were out until permanent repairs could be made later in the evening, continued Janssen.

At 9 p.m. Thursday, 1,130 customers in Seadrift had electric power interrupted because of a shield wire failing.

All those customers were restored to power at 10:10 p.m. after repairs were made and damage cleared. Again, high winds in the area caused the outage, said Janssen.

In Kenedy, 675 customers had service interrupted at 4:09 a.m. Friday, when overhead electric wires broke and fell due to icing and winds. Again by switching around the problem location, 350 of those customers were returned to service by 5:05 a.m., said Janssen.

Restoration to all remaining customers was made by 6:15 a.m. Friday.

At 4:20 a.m. Friday, 1033 customers in Goliad were affected when overhead wires fell due to breaking tree limbs coated in ice.

Of those customers, 260 of were returned to service within 30 minutes by switching around and isolating the fault area, Janssen explained.

An outage was reported at 5:10 a.m. Friday in Victoria affecting 750 customers south and west of Victoria along Moody Street to Quail Creek. Customers were back on at approximately 8:00 a.m. The power to about 200 residents in the area went back off later in the morning and AEP crews are working to get that restored, said Janssen.

Another outage was reported in Victoria about 8:30 a.m. around downtown affecting 440 customers.

"We have been able to respond and manage outages through the night with our current resources in manpower and equipment," Janssen said.

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