Planned Outage on Padre Island as AEP Texas Crews Replace Line

About six crews from AEP Texas got to work Thursday morning replacing a stretch of power line from Encantada Avenue to the Padre Island National Seashore.

According to AEP Texas, residents in that area, along with administrators at the Seashore Learning Center, were given prior notice that there would be a planned outage beginning at 9 a.m. They expect to have power back on by around 6 p.m.

Those most affected by the planned outage are residential homes in the Sea Pines subdivision, as well as a portion of the Seashore Learning Center's campus. Signs were put up at the charter school saying "no electricity today," and directing parents to take their children to the Swordfish building.

As of 10 a.m., around 450 AEP Texas customers in that area were without power due to the planned outage, according to the AEP Texas website.

Their reason for cutting power in the area is to keep crews safe as they replace the section of line between Encantada Avenue and the National Seashore. AEP Texas representatives said the cables that are being replaced are old and have a greater tendency to fatigue and break, causing outages.

AEP Texas said that another section of line in that area will be replaced in the future, but there are no definite plans as to when that work will begin.


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