AEP reports 18,750 local customers still without power

Corpus Christi AEP crews
Posted at 6:10 PM, Jul 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-26 23:58:53-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Approximately 18,750 AEP Texas customers in Corpus Christi remain without power after Hurricane Hanna, according to the company's latest audit late Sunday afternoon.

AEP Texas crews began restoring electricity to customers left without power after Hurricane Hanna made landfall approximately 90 miles south of Corpus Christi on Saturday. Service crews began removing more than 1,000 safety hazards caused by the storm and have initiated the damage assessment process across the area.

Significant flooding and standing water throughout the Rio Grande Valley and in some parts of Corpus Christi and surrounding areas are slowing the assessment of damage to the electric system, AEP said. High waters in some areas limit access to substations and other equipment.

As of 5 p.m. Sunday, the number of outages in the affected regions of Corpus Christi, the Rio Grande Valley and Laredo totaled approximately 113,000, down from 200,000 earlier Sunday morning.

To report the downed power lines or safety hazards, the company asks to call its customer solutions center at (866) 223-8508.