Permian Basin Counties Prepare For Cold Weather 12/03/13
December 3, 2013
Fort Stockton - Many counties in the Permian Basin are still trying to get power on after the ice storm last week. In Pecos County emergency personnel were hit hard when the weight of the ice took down one of their newest radio towers. Now city officials are being proactive to make sure their city is prepared if they lose power.
In Pecos County when the water began to freeze, power lines began to fall, causing much of the county to lose electricity and sit in the dark. But when a 500-foot radio tower that provides communication between emergency personnel cracked under the pressure officials became concerned.
“It started giving us problems in the areas,” said Pecos County Judge Joe Shuster.
It took six hours for personnel to locate the fallen tower, crippling radio communication amongst Sheriff officials, EMS, Fire and Texas Highway patrol. Emergency crews had to quickly switch radio signals and put generators at all towers as to not miss any calls.
“Within a couple of days we had everything back up and operational. We were lucky to be able to have generators available,” said Shuster.
City officials aren’t the only ones preparing, residents are also taking this round of chilly weather a little bit more serious and stocking up before the roads get icy.
“We come to the store to prepare for the weekend, I know that we’re going to be stuck there on the weekend and I hate to come out here in the cold weather like that,” said one Fort Stockton resident.
Pecos County sheriff Cliff Harris says although electricity companies are working hard to restore power, there are still some residents within the county with no electricity.