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Bluebonnet Members Might be without Power for a Few Days or More

9/5/2011 12:04:00 PM

Bastrop County residents whose homes were spared damage from the devastating Labor Day fires that swept through the area might find they may be without power for a few days, or possibly longer.

Bastrop – Bastrop County residents whose homes were spared damage from the devastating Labor Day fires that swept through the area might find they may be without power for a few days, or possibly longer. Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative, the area’s electric provider, has cut power to areas damaged by the fire to ensure the safety of emergency crews and residents.

“Many of our members may return home to find their homes okay but might be without power for day or two, or maybe longer,” said Mark Rose, Bluebonnet’s chief executive officer. “We have restored power to all areas where we can. But there are areas where we have not been able to go in to assess the damage. We will not bring the power back up in those areas until we are sure it’s safe to do so.”

Bluebonnet cut electricity to about 2,500 members in some areas that were not affected by the fire because the power lines that serve those members also provide power to fire-damaged areas. Bluebonnet has 36 crews working outages, mostly in fire-damaged areas where it’s safe for them to enter.

“Every resource has been made available to assess the damage to our electric system,” Rose said. “We will do everything possible to restore power as soon as possible to members who have been affected by this fire. But it may take a while.”

Bastrop County emergency management officials said during a Monday news conference that the fires that began Sunday are still out of control and are moving southwest. As of Monday morning officials said the fires had burned more than 14,000 acres, damaged or destroyed more than 300 homes and forced more than 5,000 residents to evacuate.

Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative is one of the largest electric cooperatives in Texas and has been serving its members since 1939. Bluebonnet serves more than 82,000 meters and owns and maintains 11,000 miles of power lines, located across more than 3,800 square miles within 14 Central Texas counties. Bluebonnet’s service area stretches from Travis County to Washington County, and from Milam County down to Gonzales County. For more information about Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative, go to www.bluebonnetelectric.coop and follow the co-op on Facebook, Twitter and The Bluebonnet Blog at blog.bluebonnetelectric.com.

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