Thousands Lose Power After Equipment Failure

By: Alex Lotz Email
By: Alex Lotz Email

Temperatures have been climbing fast over the past few weeks, but for thousands of residents in Walker and Burleson county, this past weekend was nearly unbearable.

"Oh it was a bad day," said Brenham native Victor Murski. "It was hot, no air, no water because people are on water wells and when the electricity went out we had no water."

Murski and his family could not escape from the heat after the Sandy Hill mobile substation lost power for nearly eight hours.

"The heat in the house was unbearable," Murski said. "We had all of the windows open, but it was hot air everywhere."

Temperatures crept up to 100 degrees, which is the highest it reached all summer.

"It was just a terrible, terrible situation," Murski said. "It seems to me Bluebonnet should have had a faster backup plan."

Victor is one of nearly 3,300 people who were without power on one of the hottest days of the year. Even though he made the best of the situation, he said he was lucky compared to a lot of others who couldn't take care of themselves in a potentially dangerous situation.

"I really feel for the old folks that needed the air," Murski said. "It would get up to 100 degrees in the house real quick."

Will Holford with Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative said the company originally brought in a mobile substation to perform upgrades on the plant. When their mobile substation experienced equipment failure, they brought in another transformer on a flat bed truck from Austin and had power restored by four on Saturday afternoon. Holford said it is very uncommon for the equipment to fail as it did.

"It was a long, hot difficult day for everyone who was without power and for all the crews who were here restoring power too," Holford said.

Right now, customers will be getting power from the mobile substation until the equipment upgrades are completed in mid July.

"Our crews and the LCRA guys did as good as a job as they could possibly be done under a very stressful and difficult situation," Holford said.

Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative says social media helped them let their customers know about the power outage and the status of when it was going to be restored.

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