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When Hurricane Harvey ravaged the Texas Coast in August, the Blanconia Volunteer Fire Department’s station was significantly damaged. Hurricane force winds peeled tin from their building and bent the steal support structure, destroying a community staple that stood firm on the land since 1999.
San Patricio Electric Cooperative understands the value of a fun, scary Halloween. However, before you plug in those fog machines, black lights and creepy animatronics, take caution. An excessive amount of plugs could overload your circuits.
When I learned that I had received a spot on the 2017 Government-In-Action Youth Tour, I was frantically getting ready to begin a debate meet. I was quite frustrated when a call interrupted my preparations, and the last thing I wanted to do was pick up the phone. Instead, I waited for it to go to voicemail, listened to the message that had been left for me, and called back when I was ready. Little did I know that a single phone call would change my life forever.
When San Patricio Electric Cooperative was founded in the late 1930s, our technology was primitive, especially by today’s standard. Crews dug holes for utility poles by hand. Then they walked the poles up into those holes until they were upright. Back then, lineworkers had to use ladders to reach equipment that needed repairs. And if you had to get in touch with the line crew, face-to-face communication was the only option.
Did you know every cooperative is required to conduct an annual meeting of the membership? The purpose is to hold the election for the board of directors, share important financial information, occasionally vote on other matters such as by-law changes and of course––the great door prizes!
San Patricio County has issued a mandatory evacuation. Our office is closed. Some linemen will be on call for outages until it is no longer safe for them to work. Once the hurricane has passed, our employees will re-enter the county and begin a damage assessment of our service territory.
The remnants of Tropical Storm Harvey are likely to redevelop in the Gulf of Mexico and could affect San Patricio Electric Cooperative’s service area. According to the National Hurricane Center there is a 90 percent chance of the storm regenerating on Wednesday and Thursday. By the time Harvey makes landfall, possibly on Friday, it could be a strong tropical storm or hurricane.
Did you know that when you use electricity often matters as much as how much electricity you consume?
During harvest season, many farmers reap the benefits of advancements in agricultural technology. With the help of GPS auto-steer devices, farmers are able to decrease driver error and maximize productivity.