San Antonio’s CPS Energy sending dozens to help restore power after Harvey

Almost 20 CPS Energy vehicles rolled out of San Antonio Wednesday morning to start restoring power service in some of the towns and coastal communities hit hardest by Hurricane Harvey.

Ohio-based AEP reported more than 133,000 outages in the Coastal Bend region as of noon Tuesday, according to its website. The utility requested assistance from CPS Tuesday afternoon and nearly 20 trucks left San Antonio to assist AEP, CPS spokesman John Moreno said.

“Basically what they do is make the request for equipment and fill them in with the resources,” Moreno said Tuesday. “We’re committed and prepared to assist for up to two weeks.’

Much of AEP’s coverage area was hit by Harvey, including Rockport, Port Aransas, Corpus Christi and Victoria. The CPS workers will go to Schulenburg before being assigned by AEP to a work area. The group will include six line crews, three digger trucks that make holes for power poles, and multiple mechanics, safety and management personnel and their vehicles.

Moreno said the last disaster CPS assisted was Hurricane Matthew in Florida, which struck that state in October, and the furthest CPS has traveled was New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy hit that region.


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