WESLACO, Texas(KVEO)— Three days after Hurricane Hanna made landfall, over 40,000 homes in the Rio Grande Valley continue experiencing power outages. Some may not have power until late this weekend, officials said Tuesday.
“As of last night we still don’t have power, so all our food is spoiled,” said Weslaco resident Rick Estrada.
Estrada said he was forced to sleep in his car with his kids Monday night because it was too hot in his house.
“I tried to find a hotel, but everything is booked solid,” said Estrada.
He said although many have offered a place to stay, the pandemic limits him.
“Friends offered us to stay at their place but because of COVID, we don’t want to expose them or anything. I do work in the health care system,” said Estrada.
Estrada works from home providing information technology services to three hospitals in the Rio Grande Valley and said not having power is critical for the health care system.
“Overall, it limits our ability to help those that are on the front lines, those that use the IT systems that we support,” said Estrada.
AEP Spokesperson Eladio Jaimez said the estimated time of restoration for Weslaco residents is Sunday night stating current road conditions are prolonging the process.
“There’s areas that are flooded and hard to access especially with our large vehicles it’s hard to maneuver through flooding or through areas that are very saturated with water and it becomes mud where we have to get access to poles,” said Jaimez.
According to AEP, most of the Rio Grande Valley district will get their power back until this weekend. City officials said although they cannot speed up the power restoration process, they are pumping water out to help roads clear faster.
Below are AEP’s estimated times of restoration for some cities.
Pharr-McAllen- Harlingen- RGC– ETR: Friday, July 31, 9 p.m.
Mission- San Benito-Edinburg – ETR: Saturday, August 1, 9 p.m.
Weslaco – ETR: Sunday, August 2, 9 p.m.