PITTSBURG — Utility crews from Pittsburg and throughout the state are gearing up to help with repairs from damage caused on the coast of Texas by Hurricane Harvey.
CDL Electric currently has multiple crews on standby, waiting for flooding to subside in order to help out another Pittsburg company. Watco Companies has a port at the Greens Port Industrial Park in Houston, but currently flood waters are too high for anyone to access the port.
CDL plans to send crews to repair electric and heating and air conditioning units at the port once crews can gain access.
“Right now no one can get in to even assess the damage,” CDL Owner Larry Seward said. “Once we know what we’re dealing with, we plan to send two or three crews down to begin repairs.”
Seward said CDL has been in communication with Watco Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Dan Smith to create a plan of action once flooding subsides.
“We have to get the port back up and running as soon as possible,” Seward said.
A representative from Watco said the company still has limited information on the extent of the damage at Greens Port, but did report that all team members are safe.
Greens Port is located on the Houston Ship Channel in Harris County, Texas. It is the largest private multi-tenanted industrial park in the Gulf Coast market.
CDL is also on standby for Centerpoint Energy, a utilities company based in Houston. Westar Energy is also helping Centerpoint with utility repair. The company sent a crew of 40 personnel and linemen to Houston Monday. The crew departed from Wichita at around noon, according to Westar Corporate Communications Representative Jaycee Breese.
Westar employees from Fort Scott were among the crew sent to Houston. None from Crawford County were sent, according to Breese.
Westar is a member of the Midwest Mutual Assistance Group, which enables the company
to call upon neighboring utilities and their contractors to help restore service after a significant
event such as a severe storm. In return, Westar assists neighboring utilities when they are in need.
Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas Friday night and was classified as a category four hurricane, bringing rain and winds up to 130 miles per hour. According to the National Weather Service, rain is expected to last through Wednesday. Areas of Harris County, Texas have seen over 30 inches of rainfall, and some areas are expected to receive as much as 50 inches of rainfall before Harvey is finished.
The storm left many people trapped in their homes, and organizations like the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Catholic Charities, United Way and more are helping with relief efforts.
— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.