AEP Texas crews are working to repair or replace over 3,100 distribution poles knocked down by Hurricane Harvey, the largest hurricane to hit the company’s service territory in 44 years. Crews also are repairing or replacing 300 transmission structures knocked down and 200 transmission structures damaged by the storm.
The storm was a Category 4 hurricane when it made landfall near Rockport on Friday night. Remnants of the hurricane have continued to cause excessive flooding and are now moving toward Ohio.
As of Friday at 8:30 a.m., AEP Texas has restored power to 150,800 customers of those left without electric service by Hurricane Harvey. In Corpus Christi, crews have restored power to 94,800 customers. We estimate that those in Corpus Christi will have power restored by 10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 2, if not sooner. AEP Texas crews will continue to work until service has been restored to all customers impacted by the storm.
Damage assessment continues through the affected areas. AEP Texas is using drones and helicopters to supply aerial photography in some areas. Crews also are using cranes and other special equipment to support traditional restoration approaches.
Progress continues on the restoration of service to the impacted areas. Shown below are the latest outage numbers listed by area:
Aransas Pass – Rockport Area 37,400
Corpus Christi 8,700
Port Lavaca 10,100
El Campo 1,000
Estimated Time of Restoration (ETR)
AEP Texas has released the following projected ETRs for these communities:
Port Lavaca Fri., Sept. 1, 10 p.m.
Corpus Christi Sat., Sept 2, 10 p.m.
El Campo: Sat., Sept. 2, 10 p.m.
Victoria: Sat., Sept. 2, 10 p.m.
Portland: Sat., Sept. 2, 10 p.m.
Ingleside: Wed., Sept. 6, 10 p.m.
Fulton: Fri., Sept. 8, 10 p.m.
Port Aransas: Mon., Sept. 4, 10 p.m.
Rockport: Fri., Sept. 8, 10 p.m.
Aransas Pass: Fri., Sept. 8, 10 p.m.
The estimated restoration time for any city not listed above is Friday, Sept. 8 at 10 p.m., if not sooner. Please note any new evacuation measures due to flooding could impact the ETR in specific areas.
AEP Texas reminds customers to not approach crews while they are working to restore power. Such actions are very unsafe and can cause distractions leading to accidents and injuries. Also, interrupting crews while they are working slows down the restoration process.
Please continue to consider all downed power lines as energized and dangerous. Please report downed power lines and other safety hazards like broken poles to AEPTexas.com or by calling (866) 223-8508.
Additionally, AEP Texas asks all consumers who are currently using generators to follow all safety precautions from the manufacturer. Generators should never be used inside the home.
Lastly, as power is being restored to customers around the area, residents are reminded to clear cooktops and electric stoves of any debris; and ovens should be turned off.
Customers can track progress on the restoration effort by visiting the outage map at www.aeptexas.com.It features the most current available information. Customers also can sign up for outage alerts to receive updates via text or email.