Portions of Brownfield were without power as a strong windstorm blew through the County on Saturday evening. Winds in excess of 45 miles per hour were reported by the Texas Tech Mesonet during the storm.
According to Cat Gonzalez, Electrical Line Superintendent, at around 5 p.m. on Saturday, the first call came in of a pole down at 4th and Reppto. The prison was the main place affected by the first downed pole and power was out about three hours. The second call came in about the same time of a pole down between the Dairy Queen and Dollar General. By the time the crew got both poles finished, power had been out from the second pole down, roughly 4 hours. The crew worked all night long, finally finishing up around 7 a.m. on Sunday morning.
Cat stated, “I have an awesome crew and could not do it without them. We all love what we do.” And they do. You can tell by watching them work. One of the finest run departments around.
Cat thanked his crew in a post on Facebook, “I would like to take this time to say thank you to the men that I have the privilege with which to work. The BP&L Line Crew. You gentlemen are the best Line Crew around. After 14 hours straight, battling the wind, no one complained or gave up. We fought and we won. I am proud to say that I am a part of this team. Again, thank you guys. It is in our blood to do this work!”
Cat stated, he and his crew were resting Sunday to brace for another possible round on Sunday evening. This is that pop up storm time of year, when you must be ready for anything.
Like Cat, we also appreciate the work done by our City crews!