We're Ready for the Storm
With the coming of spring, thoughts turn to warmer days ahead. And, given the long dry spell we Texans have endured, hopefully we’ll have some wetter days ahead.
While it would be a blessing for our area to receive some much-needed rain, what we at CECA don’t want to see are the strong storms that often accompany the turning of the season.
Besides hail and the threat of tornadoes these storms bring, they also feature frequent lightning and strong winds. These can all leave damage in their wake, especially to our electric distribution system.
Fixing this damage is a part of our lineworkers’ job, and, as I have often stated, these people are exceptional at what they do. If the power goes out, whether from storms, vehicle accidents or even a curious critter getting into equipment, they are there to restore your power—day or night, and usually in a matter of hours.
In fact, they are so good at what they do, longtime co-op members may take this speedy restoration for granted.
A manager of one Texas electric co-op that recently added several new member stold me a story about a weather event that spoke volumes about the co-op’s reputation for reliable service.
A couple of months ago, the manager said, a storm left some of the co-op’s members in the dark. The phones at the office lit up with frantic calls—almost all from those newest members, concerned about a long wait without electricity. Virtually none of the old-guard members called, because they were so used to getting their lights back on quickly. Well, as they expected, power was quickly restored thanks to a crew of dedicated lineworkers.
We hope that you take our service equally for granted. But, no matter how much you trust us to return your life to normal after the power goes out, it’s still important to report any outages to us so we can more easily pinpoint the source.
You can do that by calling our 24-hour outage line at (325) 356-2533.
I also want to remind you that if a storm or other event downs power lines, stay away from them and call us or local authorities as soon as you can. Even if the lines don’t look energized, treat them as if they are. Live lines often don’t spark or jump but still carry a deadly current. And if the ground is wet, stay far away from them. Water is an excellent conductor of electricity.
Let’s hope for rain. We certainly need it. If that rain comes with storms, we are ready to deal with the aftermath.
After all, at CECA, our mission is to provide you with safe, reliable electricity at the most reasonable cost possible to improve your quality of life