CPS Energy sends crews to Houston to help restore power after Hurricane Nicholas

Over 30 CPS Energy crews will be in Houston for up to 5 days

CPS Energy dispatched crews to Houston on Wednesday morning to assist in restoring power to areas affected by Hurricane Nicholas.
CPS Energy dispatched crews to Houston on Wednesday morning to assist in restoring power to areas affected by Hurricane Nicholas.

SAN ANTONIO – CPS Energy dispatched crews to Houston on Wednesday morning to assist in restoring power to areas affected by Hurricane Nicholas.

CPS officials said the crews are being sent following a request by CenterPoint Energy in Houston.

Over 30 employees, including overhead linemen, pole crews, fleet personnel, safety teams and management left San Antonio at 7 a.m. to make their way to Houston, CPS Energy said.

CPS Energy journeyman lineman Frank Stakes, who has been with the utility for over 40 years, said crews are experienced, equipped and ready to take on any challenge

“We expect hard work, we expect humidity, whatever. Its going to be difficult, that is what we’re expecting. As far as it being a challenge, the linemen here at CPS are looking forward to the harder it is or the bigger the challenge the more we want to tackle it, and that’s what these guys are out to do.”

Officials said CenterPoint Energy expects the crews to remain in Houston for up to five days.

Hurricane Nicholas made landfall early Tuesday morning on the eastern part of the Matagorda Peninsula. It soon downgraded to a tropical storm.

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