HOUSTON - April 29, 2011 - More than 160 CenterPoint Energy electric linemen and support personnel will begin work today in Arkansas and Mississippi to help Entergy restore power to tens of thousands of their customers who are without power following tornadoes and severe storms that ripped through the Deep South earlier this week.
“We are glad that our electric crews are able to provide assistance to these states whose citizens have been hit so hard by this historic tornado outbreak,” said Walter Bryant, vice president of Gas Operations in Arkansas and Mississippi. “We partner with other electric utilities in mutual assistance agreements to lend a hand to each other if requested during widespread outage emergencies.”
CenterPoint Energy not only distributes natural gas to 3.2 million customers in six states including Arkansas and Mississippi, it is also the electric transmission and distribution utility in the Greater Houston area so coming to the aid of other utilities is nothing new to the company’s electric crews.
According to Thomas Klesel, CenterPoint Energy operations supervisor, “It’s gratifying to see the lights coming back on. We plan to work 12-16 hour days removing debris, toppled trees and limbs off power lines, replacing downed power poles, power lines and transformers and restoring power.”
CenterPoint Energy, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a domestic energy delivery company that includes electric transmission & distribution, natural gas distribution, competitive natural gas sales and services, interstate pipelines and field services operations. The company serves more than five million metered customers primarily in Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas. Assets total more than $20 billion. With about 8,800 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 135 years. For more information, visit the Web site at www.CenterPointEnergy.com.