Storm Damage Worse Than First Thought
POSTED: Thursday, February 17, 2011 - 1:12pm
UPDATED: Thursday, February 17, 2011 - 9:38pm
EL PASO - Initial damage reports from the recent winter storm were wrong.
El Paso Water Utilities confirmed that at a town hall breakfast hosted by City Rep Emma Acosta this morning.
Insurance companies originally said between 5,000 and 10,000 El Pasoans experienced pipe breaks from the record cold.
EPWU Vice President Nick Costanzo today said that number is more like 20,000.
"I think the water utility and its public service board is committed to address the problems that happened during the situation and make sure it never happens again," said Costanzo.
City Rep Emma Acosta confirmed several investigations into the way local utilities handled the water and power crisis.
"My big issue was we need to provide information to the community when we are having an emergency so that people don't panic," said Acosta.
EPWU said so much water went to waste during pipeline breaks that the utility pumped 50 million gallons a day more than it usually does.