BPUB Service Outage Update 6 p.m.
BROWNSVILLE, Texas – The following is an update on power outages within the Brownsville Public Utilities Board (BPUB) system related to damage caused by the weather or other issues not associated with rotating outages.
|Area||Number of customers||Cause||Estimated restoration time|
|Winnipeg and Rancho Viejo||900||Need to replace distribution switchgear||Approximately
|Dennet||10||Need to replace pedestal||Approximately
|Barnard Apartments||40||Possible overloaded line||Approximately
|700 Continental||100||Possible overloaded line||Approximately
|La Entrada (Alta Mesa)||150||Possible overloaded line||Approximately
BPUB is asking for customers to help by turning off their heaters and unplugging any equipment that they are able when they experience a power outage. Doing so should aid in getting customers restored once power is available.
Attempts to restore electrical service to certain areas have been unsuccessful because of the sudden demand for a large amount of electricity once the area is re-energized. By unplugging or turning off equipment while experiencing an outage, this helps prevent that sudden surge of electrical demand and should allow additional customers to regain service.
BPUB recommends that customers without power unplug devices and ensure their thermostat is turned off. Once service is restored, BPUB asks that customers slowly plug back in equipment and turn things on but to still try to limit use to essential activities.