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2011-09-22 / Community Calendar

Bluebonnet Crews Continue To Clear Trees And Rebuild Power Lines

Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative continues to make progress restoring power to Bastrop County residents who have been affected by the fires. As of Saturday morning, the co-op reported 20 outages and 1,899 meters without power. Bluebonnet has restored power to 2,439 meters since it was cleared to enter the burn zone.

“Our crews are working 24/7 to clear trees from rights-of-way, mark trees outside our easements that could pose a danger and rebuild power lines to our members,” said Mark Rose, Bluebonnet’s chief executive officer. “The great news is that we have scheduled appointments with 90 members to reconnect power to their homes. We have already started working to install new meters or meter loops for 25 members so they can move back into or begin rebuilding their homes or businesses. This is how Bastrop County will recover, one home, one business at a time.”

Bluebonnet has more than 400 men and women in the field working to clear trees from rights-of-way, chip and haul off the trees and rebuild power lines. There are 120 right-of-way crews, 70 chipping-andhauling crews and 20 power-restoration crews. Bluebonnet estimates power will be restored to the last area in the burn zone Sept. 28.

Bluebonnet members who have questions about their service or who live in an area where power has been restored but whose homes don’t have power, should contact Bluebonnet’s member service call center at 800-842-7708, or visit the Bastrop member service center at 690 Highway 71 West, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Bluebonnet will continue to keep its members and the public informed through the media, its website, Facebook and Twitter.

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