Centerpoint Energy Sending Personnel To Oklahoma To Help Restore Utilities

Some 11,000 linemen helped Houston recover from the effects of Hurricane Ike. And Centerpoint Energy is helping Oklahoma recover from the effects of that devastating tornado.

Centerpoint’s Leticia Lowe says the help will come in waves.

“Last night, the local utility OG&E Services called and asked for some resources. We have about 60 linemen and support personnel on their way to that area. They’ll arrive tonight about 8 p.m., restoring power to the distribution lines that we all see behind our homes. We also understand that they requested additional resources in the transmission area, which are the big large steel towers. So we’ll be sending about 40 employees to help with that tomorrow.” 

Lowe says utility companies drop everything to help at times like these.
“Typically it’s going to take the utility several days to assess the damage and determine what kind of skills they need. Our linemen, for example, are one of the few in the country that still climb poles and don’t rely on the bucket trucks to get in people’s back yards. I suspect they’ll be building infrastructure from scratch, because unfortunately, in many cases, there are not homes to get power to.” 

Lowe says it took 18 days to restore power in Houston after Hurricane Ike, and each situation is different.

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