Chant: “What do we want?
Chant: “When do we want it?
Residents of the Braeburn Terrace subdivision near Meyerland came out of their hot homes carrying signs.
Signs that say: “HELP OUR KIDS; NO POWER, NO SCHOOL; NO POWER, NO HELP, NO HOPE; THIRD LARGEST CITY, STILL NO POWER; WHERE’S CENTERPOINT?”
Lynn Zalasack says it’s like they’ve been reduced to third world status.
“It’s horrible. You can’t cook anything, you can’t keep any food, it’s just making us totally miserable. Centerpoint keeps pushing the date back, so we have no idea of when we’re going to get power.”
Protest organizer Lynn Johnson claims she talked to someone at Centerpoint about their problem.
“On Monday, when the foreman came and told us… ‘Oh, well y’all are screwed.’ That’s the exact words he used. He said it could be another ten to fourteen days, if you’re lucky. If you’re lucky. I said ‘I just don’t understand what’s going on.”
Residents Kathleen Sanderbeck and Ray Field are afraid the utility company might not be understanding.
Ray Field: “They’re not providing a service but yet, if we don’t pay our electricity bill, they’ll be over here in 35 and a half seconds to cut that line off the back of our house if we don’t.”
Kathleen Sanderbeck: “I know when I get my power bill next month, that it’s not going to look like it has gone down at all, you know? But it’s the ninety year olds, the shut-ins here, it’s those folks that I’m looking after.”
Surprisingly, Catherine Hall matched wits with Al Baker and Kimberly Johnson on the matter.
Catherine Hall: “You will not be without power for fourteen more days.”
Al Baker: “How much money have you got?”
Kimberly Johnson: “We just talked to them. They said fourteen days if we’re lucky. I got it recorded on my cell phone, if you’d like to hear it.”
Baker: “The only power we’ve had is hurricane lamps.”
Sean and Margarita JabberOglie thought the protest was counterproductive.
Sean JabberOglie: “I think this is all useless, because Centerpoint as a company, is doing their best to get the power up, because they’re losing millions of dollars daily.”
Hernandez: “Do you agree with your husband?”
Margarita JabberOglie: “I absolutely agree. I think you do see them working hard. It’s sad for anybody who has to struggle through this, but it makes us a better person.”
Centerpoint says it’s aware of the remaining outages and continues to coordinate thousands of workers from out of state. Residents say they will take to the streets again if necessary.
Pat Hernandez, KUHF…Houston Public Radio News.