The update from Xcel Energy this morning has much better news…..
As of 8:30 a.m. CST, Xcel Energy had 221 customers without power across our Texas-New Mexico service area. We made good progress in Clovis, N.M., overnight, and have reduced the number of customers without power to 23 inside the city, with another 49 in the rural areas around Clovis. We have crews now working at all the remaining outage locations within Clovis. We have one damaged 10-mile long line near the Farwell, Texas, community east of Clovis that is inaccessible because of drifts reaching up to 12 feet. We are initiating an aerial patrol to determine the exact location of the problem, and a crew is standing by to move in once the problem is identified.
Some of the remaining work in Texas consists of damaged poles identified last night outside of Levelland and Springlake-Earth. Crews are onsite and working to replace those poles, but heavy snow is making the replacement difficult.
We may have some customers who have sustained damage to their meter boxes, which are the property of the customer. We will not be able to connect these customers until a licensed electrician has made repairs, followed by an inspection by the proper code enforcement agency in their area.
Again, we are grateful for the hard work of our crews and for the patience of our customers who have endured hardship without power in their homes and businesses. We have another hard day of work ahead of us, but we believe we are close to full restoration.