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HURRICANE HARVEY: Updates, information from Bluebonnet

0825
 2017


Check for regular updates on this page, and via Facebook and Twitter as Hurricane Harvey impacts our service area. You can see where power is out on our outage viewer – using our mobile app or on our website, here

Go to our Storms and Outages page for tips to prepare and what to do during outages.  You can log in to REPORT AN OUTAGE or call 800-949-4414.


Update: Sunday 1:00 p.m., Aug. 27

We are making progress! At 1 p.m. we have 69 power outages affecting 500 members. Crews continue to work to restore power to everyone. Continued heavy rain could create new outages. Call 800-949-4414, go to bluebonnet.coop or our mobile app to report any outages

Update: Sunday 11:30 a.m., Aug. 27

As of 11:30 a.m., Bluebonnet had 73 outages affecting 1,652 members. Some 490 members in an area north of U.S. 290 and west of Brenham, north of Burton and Carmine, lost power within the previous half-hour. This area was without power earlier due to a separate problem. Crews are at work. Two large trees blocking restoration efforts in Tahitian Village have been removed and now work is under way to repair a downed line there.

Walnut Creek Flooding near Rockne

The waters of Walnut Creek were flooding FM 20 near Rockne this morning. Crews are encountering flooded areas that restrict their access to some outages. We will continue to work until all power is restored, and we appreciate all of our members' patience!


The waters of Walnut Creek flood FM 20 near Rockne on Sunday morning.
Update: Sunday 11 a.m., Aug. 27

Two large trees over water have slowed our restoration work in the Tahitian Village neighborhood. As soon as the trees are safely removed, crews are standing by to resume the work of restoring power.

Update: Sunday 9 a.m., Aug. 27

We have 32 Bluebonnet crews and several additional contractor crews -- more than 120 men and women --  working today to restore power as quickly and safely as possible. 

At 9:30 a.m. we had 91 outages and 1,329 members without power. Those are mostly scattered outages spread across the central part of our service area. We expect power to be restored within an hour to the 480 members without power in the Tahitian Village area in Bastrop.


Bluebonnet crews use an air boat to asses damage to power lines in a flooded area on Sunday morning. We are doing what it takes to get our members' power back on as quickly and safely as possible.
Flooding and road closures, especially in Bastrop and Caldwell counties, are making it harder for us to get to some of your outages. But please know that we are looking for ways around those road closures so we can restore your power.
When possible, we are contacting members in areas affected by road closures and flooding to let them know when we expect to get to their outages. 

To report a power outage, call 800-949-4414 or by logging in to Bluebonnet’s website, or via our mobile app. We will continue to provide regular updates via Facebook and Twitter as long as we have members without power. To view current outages, go to our OUTAGE MAP

Most importantly, if you see a downed power line, stay away from it, assume it's energized and dangerous. If there is immediate danger, call 911, then report it by calling 800-949-4414 and providing the location of the downed line and your name and phone number.
 
Please be aware of flooding, road closures and rainfall. Stay safe and as dry as possible. Thank you again for everyone's patience and understanding.

Update, 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26

At 2 p.m., Bluebonnet had 55 outages affecting 1,041 members. The largest outage is west of Lockhart, along TX 130 and TX 142, affecting 508 members. Bluebonnet’s crews continue to work through the rain and wind to restore power as quickly and safely as possible.

Most of the outages are wind-related: two of the three largest outages during this storm were caused by wind-blown trees downing power lines. Those outages are the most time-consuming and labor-intensive to repair and restore power.

We have 32 two-person Bluebonnet crews working to restore power, and additional contractor crews are helping with that as well as trimming and removing trees. All crews are working 12-hour shifts.

We will continue to work around the clock until Hurricane Harvey has dissipated and power is fully restored.

Safety is our number one priority. If you see a downed power line, avoid it – stay far away and don’t walk near it or drive over it. Always assume downed power lines are live, energized and dangerous. If you see a downed power line, immediately call 911 and then call Bluebonnet at 800-949-4414. Leave a detailed message with the location of the line, your name and phone number.

To report a power outage, call 800-949-4414 or by logging in to Bluebonnet’s website, or via our mobile app. We will continue to provide regular updates via Facebook and Twitter. To view current outages, go to our OUTAGE MAP


Hurricane Harvey: Bluebonnet preparation activities    

In the past few days, Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative’s employees have worked to ensure that all necessaryequipment – including poles, power lines, transformers and fuses – is available so our crews can restore power during any widespread outages. Contractor crews are standing by, if needed, to assist in power restoration, tree trimming and removal of tree debris. 

 
We began transitioning from regular construction and maintenance activities to power restoration operations Thursday. As of 6 p.m. Friday, our crews began 12-hour shifts to be dispatched to outages as they occur.
 
As of 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25, we have 110 Bluebonnet employees assigned to 45 two- to three-person crews ready to restore power. There are 46 contractor crews available: 17 two- to three-person crews for power restoration and 29 three-to five-person crews to work in our rights-of-way to trim trees and remove tree debris.
 
Check for regular updates on this page, and via Facebook and Twitter as Hurricane Harvey starts to impact our service area. You can see where power is out on our outage viewer – using our mobile app or on our website, here
 
We’re ready to respond to outages and hope you are prepared.
 
If you need tips, go to our Storms and Outages page for tips to prepare and what to do during outages. If you have an outage, report it online at bluebonnet.coop or call 800-949-4414.
 
Be safe and always stay far away from downed power lines. If you see a downed line, immediately call 911, then our outage number to report it.

 

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