OGE crews respond to call for help after hurricane pounded Houston


More than 100 Oklahoma Gas and Electric workers gathered early Wednesday morning for a sendoff to Houston, Texas where they’ve been asked to help in the restoration of electric power following the destructive force of Hurricane Beryl.

More than a million residents still lack power following the Sunday night furious arrival of the storm.

“Our line crews are heading to south Texas to help repair equipment and restore power impacted by Hurricane Beryl that left more than two million residents without electricity,” said Chris Bristol, OG&E Distribution Construction Manager.

“South Texas is expecting dangerously high heat this week making OG&E’s mutual assistance support more important than ever. Our crews are stepping up to help our neighbors as quickly and safely as possible.”

 CenterPoint Energy in Houston requested support from OG&E as nearly 1.4 million customers remain without electricity today. 

“Mutual assistance is a core part of our industry, and we are grateful for our personnel who are willing to take time away from their families to help a community get back on its feet,” said Andrea Dennis, OG&E Vice President of Transmission & Distribution Operations. “Our crews will be onsite today to help restore power to those impacted by Hurricane Beryl.” 

Mutual assistance crews are typically deployed for up to 14 days. If more assistance is needed, OG&E will rotate in additional crews. Even as the team deploys to Texas, OG&E will maintain the capacity to support daily operations for customers in its service area throughout Oklahoma and western Arkansas.