BPUB crews ready for rain and high winds

BPUB crews ready for rain and high winds

POSTED: Sunday, September 15, 2013 - 7:25am

UPDATED: Sunday, September 15, 2013 - 7:26am

Brownsville Public Utilities Board (BPUB) began preparations for an imminent landfall of Hurricane Ingrid along the southernmost Mexico-Texas coast. In addition to reviewing safety policy, departments are preparing crews and service delivery systems to maintain operations during weather extremes including high winds and potential flooding.

BPUB water and wastewater crews are seeing that water towers are full and readying booster pumps to keep water operations running smoothly. Electrical crews have set up backup generators in areas where pumps will keep neighborhood flooding in check. Extra supplies are being loaded into service vehicles for quick and efficient responses. Meanwhile, resaca maintenance crews are lowering resaca levels to allow space for containment of flood runoff.

In the event that the BPUB activates the General Emergency Management Plan, BPUB staff and crews will be recalled to work the call center, an emergency operations center and restore any disrupted utility services throughout the city.

n the event of wind-related outages, BPUB crews will patrol for downed lines and other problems, until winds reach a sustained speed of 40 mph. Once this happens, BPUB crews are not able to securely raise aerial booms to inspect or repair transmission lines. When they are safely able, BPUB crews will again be dispatched to repair outages and will work to restore service as quickly as is safely possible.

BPUB staff and crews will remain on duty throughout the storm and will work to restore utility services as needed. Information is available on the BPUB website at www.brownsville-pub.com, Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/brownsvillepub or Twitter at https://twitter.com/BPUB_Tweets. To report an outage, please call 956-983-6300

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