As of 10:30 a.m. Monday, significant progress has been made in removing trees and rebuilding power lines. More than 1,000 additional personnel are in the field today assisting with the effort. By Tuesday, the total workforce will include 2,500.
The Entergy Texas transmission grid, which delivers electricity to Sam Houston EC's distribution system, was severely damaged as well. As Sam Houston EC works to clear trees and repair distribution lines, Entergy is doing the same on their transmission system. At this time, 99 percent of Sam Houston EC's members are without power. Progress is steady. However, some severely damaged areas could be without power for three weeks.
Sam Houston EC members who were affected by Hurricane Rita in 2005 may recall that the cooperative began providing county-by-county status reports after power began coming back on toward the end of the first week. As transmission and distribution line repairs are completed and substations are re-energized, we will provide similar reporting throughout Hurricane Ike restoration efforts.
Mary Kate Scott