Repair crews saturate 10-county territory
San Jacinto News- Times - September 2008
COLDSPRING -- Assessment teams, right-of-way and repair crews saturated Sam Houston Electric Cooperative’s ten-county service territory Sunday fi nding damage to the system more extensive than was caused by Hurricane Rita in 2005. Over 2,000 crew members were dispatched throughout the cooperative’s service territory to begin repairing damaged poles and lines as well as removing trees and debris from Hurricane Ike’s impact on Saturday. Three tent cities, one in Coldspring at the San Jacinto County Fair Grounds, have been constructed to house the army of workers, each holding 500 men. The remaining crews are being housed in local camps. Aside from the widespread damage to the cooperative’s system, Entergy’s transmission grid, which feeds Sam Houston EC’s distribution system, suffered extensive damage. With the additional help of crews from around the United States, the Co-op has made tremendous strides toward the restoration of power. A great deal of progress is expected over the next several days. Based on Sunday’s damage assessments, there are severe cases that may take three weeks or more to fully restore power. Far more resources are being applied to this recovery effort than were available with Hurricane Rita three years ago. As crews work through the system, updates will be posted on SHECO’s web site. Keep in mind, while it is not possible to provide an exact timeline for restoration, as the effort progresses, SHECO will be able to provide additional details as they develop.