7/1/2010
SWEPCO Crews Left June 30 to Work Hurricane Alex Recovery Efforts in South Texas

There were 66 SWEPCO employees from Shreveport, Texarkana, Longview and Arkansas that left Wednesday or early today for south Texas to assist with Hurricane Alex recovery efforts. These workers include linemen, troublemen, engineers, fleet mechanics, customer service reps and supervisors. The company has sent crews to assist AEP Texas in its restoration efforts.
Additionally, SWEPCO released 100 of its contract tree crew personnel to help with storm restoration. SWEPCO’s crews will meet up in Corpus Christi and work where needed in the Rio Grande Valley areas of McAllen, Edinburg, Harlingen, Mission, Pharr, Weslaco, San Benito and Port Isabel. Hurricane Alex made landfall in northern Mexico, 110 miles south of Brownsville, but thunderstorms, heavy rain and high winds could occur in the AEP Texas service area.
SWEPCO’s assistance to other utilities is part of a mutual assistance network for major storm recovery. SWEPCO has helped other utility companies with hurricane recovery in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, and ice storm recovery in Oklahoma. In recent years, SWEPCO also has called upon the network for help in recovery from Hurricanes Rita and Ike, ice storms and other events that have impacted its own three-state service area.
 

SWEPCO Corporate Communications
Scott McCloud
318-673-3532