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AEP upgrading power lines in Flour Bluff, causing short outages

Posted at 5:51 PM, Oct 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-29 19:29:52-04

CORPUS CHRISTI — Thousands of Flour Bluff residents and business owners were without power on Tuesday morning. Unfortunately, that's become an all too familiar problem in recent months, which has been a distraction for Flour Bluff schools, and for businesses, it can mean a loss of income.

Tuesday morning's outage was the third the district has seen since the school year began in late August.

A spokesperson for AEP Texas says there's a reason for them. They're doing major upgrades to the transmission system in the Flour Bluff area. Because of that, sometimes crews will have to turn off equipment or replace a line, causing many of the short power outages.

After Hurricane Harvey, AEP began upgrading transmission lines from Port Aransas to the island and now Flour Bluff.

When all the work is finished, it will make for stronger, and more reliable service. Until that happens, there will be more outages.

In the meantime, it's become a dark outlook for people who work at nearby businesses.

"Customers have to leave, so we're losing business. Plus the food is getting bad because there's no power," said Letty Sanchez-Almeida, who works at Taqueria Almeida in Flour Bluff.

Those like her are just hoping AEP finishes all the upgrades as soon as possible.

"(When there is an outage) We have to wait and we pay employees for not doing anything," said Sanchez-Almeida. "I hope it stops because we're getting tired of it."

A spokesperson for Flour Bluff ISD also tells KRIS 6 the superintendent for the district is in constant communication with AEP about the outages.

Meanwhile, AEP says they are working to have better communication with the Flour Bluff community so they can let them know when outages will occur.

Right now, there's no timeline on when AEP will finish its upgrades in the Flour Bluff area.