CenterPoint says major mends complete in power restoration effort
- Written by Robert Kleeman
CenterPoint Energy restored electricity to most of its customers in the Kingwood, Humble, Atascocita and Huffman areas by Sept. 28, but a few residents remained powerless mid-last week. Bob Roy, service director for Humble and Greenspoint, said 841 customers in the Humble, Kingwood, Atascocita, Huffman and Spring areas did not have power as of Oct. 1, 18 days after Hurricane Ike caused the largest blackout in Texas history. He said he anticipated turning most of those affected customers back on by last weekend. “What we’re seeing now is a few line fuses that need minor repairs,” he said. “We’ve fixed all the major areas.” Roy said a few residents on Hamblen Road in Kingwood had falsely heard they would live without electricity for two to three more weeks. Crews restored power to that neighborhood before last week, he said. Any customers still without power should call the company’s customer service at 713-207-2222, he said. “We’re almost to the point where we are at a normal level in terms of outages,” said Roy. “If you do not have power, call us.” Roy said the company would keep around 1,000 of the 12,000 crews from across the country, commissioned to help restore electricity to 2 million customers, to properly inspect damaged areas where permanent repairs might be needed. CenterPoint did not re-inspect damaged areas after Hurricane Alicia for destruction not seen during initial line repairs. The company will not make the same mistake after Ike, he said. Photo: Crews from Georgia Power, the Georgia-based subsidiary of Southern Company, repair damaged power lines in a Crosby neighborhood Sept. 26. A CenterPoint service director said customers still without power should call the company’s customer service line to report the outage.