AEP Texas begins damage assessments and restoration in the Corpus Christi

On Saturday afternoon, AEP Texas crews began assessing the extent of damage inflicted by Hurricane Harvey. 

Crews also began restoration activities in the Corpus Christi area. 

“We anticipate issuing a preliminary Estimated Event Restoration Time (ETR) on Sunday, which will project the completion date for restoration of service to 95 percent of those who lost power at the storm’s peak,” said Tom Coad, AEP Texas vice president of Distribution Region Operations.  “Our primary objective is to restore electric service to all customers as safely and quickly as possible and to provide timely and accurate updated information to customers affected by service interruptions,” 

As of 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, approximately 210,000 customers in Corpus Christi and surrounding areas did not have electric service.  

Shown below is a breakdown of the areas with the largest number of outages.  

Aransas Pass                                                      47,000

Corpus Christi Southside Area                          40,000

Corpus Christi Midtown Area                           45,000

Victoria                                                             30,000

Port Lavaca                                                       14,000

El Campo                                                           11,000

Corpus Christi Northwest Area                           6,500

Sinton                                                                 8,000                                                   

Customers are asked to report downed power lines and other situations that could pose a safety threat.  To report a fallen power line or utility pole, call 1-866-223-8508.  All power lines should be considered energized and dangerous. 

Residents can track progress on the restoration effort by visiting the outage area at www.aeptexas.com. There is a real-time map featuring the most current available information.  Customers also can sign up for outage alerts to receive updates via text or email.

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