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Published on May 19, 2024
Austin Energy Lineworkers Rally to Assist Houston Post-Storm, 922,000 Initially PowerlessSource: Unsplash / American Public Power Association

A crew of Austin Energy lineworkers are on their way to Houston, ready to tackle the aftermath of devastating storms that ripped through the city, as per reports from KVUE. Early Saturday morning, 21 lineworkers, and additional staff headed east with bucket trucks and support vehicles following severe weather that left nearly 922,000 Houstonians without power.

The cooperative effort was sparked by a request for mutual aid from CenterPoint Energy, in a tradition reflecting reciprocation, as CenterPoint previously sent aid to Austin after an ice storm in 2023. Despite at least four fatalities linked to the recent Houston storms, The utility said that team is prepared to help for up to two weeks. they could stay longer if necessary, KVUE confirmed.

As of 9:30 a.m., over 2 million people have had their power restored, but total recovery could extend several days or more for the hardest-hit areas. "Providing mutual aid in natural disasters is a tradition among public utilities and this will offer tremendous training opportunities for our crews,” said Elton Richards, Austin Energy vice president of electric system field operations quoted by KVUE. His words underlining the commitment to aid and the tangible benefits of inter-city support.

CenterPoint Energy's cry for help isn't small-scale, the company has requested a total of 4,000 lineworkers and 1,000 vegetation professionals to combat the extensive damage caused by the severe weather. According to reports from KXAN, areas including Bellaire, Cypress, Baytown, Greenspoint, Humble, and Spring Branch witnessed significant infrastructure impairment due to winds surging above 85 mph, therefore; recovery efforts are in full swing with steady advances reported overnight. They restored 180,000 customers in the past 12 hours. With the aid from Austin Energy and others, Houston's return to full power moves closer to becoming reality.

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