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Family Of Man Electrocuted After Hurricane Harvey Sues CenterPoint Energy

The family says if CenterPoint Energy had shut off power in flooded neighborhoods, their son would be alive.

After a young man was electrocuted in Hurricane Harvey floodwaters, his family is suing the local utility provider and two other companies.

In the days after Hurricane Harvey hit Houston, Andrew Pasek was walking through a flooded street on his way to rescue his sister's cat.

He was killed by an electric current in the water.

Pasek’s family is suing CenterPoint energy for negligence, saying the death could have been prevented if the utility had shut off electricity in flooded areas.

Pasek’s mom, Jodell says she wants changes to electric company policy to prevent future tragedy.

"When we came home we all went outside and we all sat around the table and we were trying to think of what can we do,” said Pasek, “This seems so senseless that he had died. What can we do to make sure he didn't die in vain?"

The Pasek family is also suing Antwine Electric and TE Connectivity for alleged faulty installation and equipment.

In a statement, CenterPoint Energy says it doesn't comment on ongoing litigation. We asked for the company's policy on shutting off power during floods and they declined to comment.

Two volunteers who helped rescue flood victims were also killed from electrocution after Hurricane Harvey.

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Elizabeth Trovall is an immigration reporter for Houston Public Media. She joined the News 88.7 team after several years abroad in Santiago, Chile, where she reported on business, energy, politics and culture. Trovall's work has been featured on NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered, Marketplace, Here and Now, Latino...

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