“The outage started at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Some people got their electricity back by midnight or 1 a.m. but others didn’t get their electricity until 11 a.m. on Sunday,” said Deputy Baker.
“I was told by one of the AEP representatives that a snake got up there in a main transformer and shorted it out. Apparently they found evidence of a charred snake,” Baker added.
Traveling down FM Road 3162 toward Lagarto, those living on the north or left-hand side use San Patricio Electric Co-op and did not lose power. Those living on the southside or right-hand side of 3162, like the Lagarto Fire Department and the Lagarto Church, use AEP and lost power.
The Lagarto Store was not affected and many in the community came in for cool air. ”I suffered but some hung out at the Lagarto Store. We finally got electricity about 11 (o’clock) on Sunday morning. We lost quite a bit of food. It got so hot so fast,” Deputy Baker said.
AEP representatives recommend residents assemble an emergency outage kit. Keep flashlights and fresh batteries; a battery-powered radio; candles and matches. Water for drinking and cooking and camping equipment like sleeping bags, camp stoves, lanterns, etc., also are recommended.
Have a supply of canned goods and a manual can opener. Keep manufacturers’ instructions for power-operated equipment such as the garage doors and generators.