Outage restoral from Hurricane Harvey continues today for the members of the Guadalupe Valley Electric Cooperative (GVEC). As of 9:00 a.m. Tuesday morning, 668 cooperative members were without power, primarily in Gonzales and Lavaca Counties followed by DeWitt County. Extended outage periods remain in place through Tuesday pending road conditions.
GVEC and contract crews are working small group and individual outages. Flooding, damaged roadways, mud and extensive storm debris are the main challenges and delaying access to many areas.
“Our members have been outstanding at having patience and allowing us to focus on the job,” says GVEC General Manager and CEO Darren Schauer. “The biggest question on their minds is when they will be restored. Exact times are not possible because conditions are fluid, constantly changing with obstacles. We’re working with extensive storm damage and difficult road conditions across our area. Unfortunately, that simply takes time. We anticipate that all meters, with the exception of those that we cannot access due to flooding, will be restored today. Support staff will remain at the Cooperative 24/7 until all outages are restored.”
The Cooperative reminds the public to always stay away from downed power lines as a safety precaution. If you see a downed line, call 911 and GVEC at 800.223.4832. Regular updates are being posted to GVEC’s website, Facebook, and Twitter pages. Members can view current outages 24/7 online at www.gvec.org.