Suburbs Get The Power, Houston Gets The Shaft

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Offices around Houston are breaking down into the haves and the have-nots -- those who've had their power at home restored, and those who are still stumbing in the dark.

If you look at CenterPoint's map of when proposed areas should get power, it seems pretty clear: the suburbs are winning.

If you're living in Stafford or First Colony or Cinco Ranch or anywhere out in Tom DeLay Country, you're doing well. If you're in the city of Houston, you're not.

How's that sitting with the mayor?

"He's never satisfied and he wants everyone to do better," Frank Michel, spokesman for Bill White, tells Hair Balls.

Yeah, but why the suburban love? Why can't he get CenterPoint to do something in the actual city of Houston -- THE CITY WHICH THESE ELECTRICITY-ENJOYING SUBURBS LEECH OFF ALL YEAR?

Michel says he doesn't see it as a suburb-city thing.

"CenterPoint told us that the biggest trees and the biggest wind were right through the southeast to the northwest...biggest trees, biggest winds, that's going to take them the longest to get to," he says. "I don't think it's suburbs vs. city, I think that that's just where the issues are."

As of 8 a.m. this morning (Update: and as of noon today), 57 percent of CenterPoint's 2.2 million customers were without power. (Remember, a single "customer" can be a household with several people living in it.)

Michel says the mayor's office hasn't noticed any increase in complaints about lack of power in the past day or so.

"I don't think it's changed appreciably," he says. "As time goes on more people will lose patience. But we know that, CenterPoint knows that and we and other people are making it clear to them and that's about all you can do right now."

Well, if you had power, you could watch TV. Or read a book at night.

-- Richard Connelly

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