Calhoun is getting two new towers

Calhoun is getting new communication towers and better radio signals

PORT LAVACA, Texas — After hurricane Harvey’s destruction, many locations needed rebuilding and renovations. During the storm, water got into the back up generator of Calhoun county’s current communication tower.

Yet, some of the county’s personnel were able to bring up another generator to keep the communication going. In the aftermath, they figured out that Harvey bent one of the antennas for transmit on a radio system utilized by first responders. As a result, it still had to be repaired.

County commissioner for Precinct #1, David Hall, knew it was time for new towers. As a result, he implemented a new project that brought the radio board back together. There were other people involved in the project, such as Sheriff Bobbie Vickery, M.S. Director Dustin Jenkins, I.T. Director Ron Reger, Emergency Management Coordinator Richard Meyer, and local companies.

“We lost communications, when we had water get into our back up generator. Locked it up, some of our county personel were able to bring up another generator to get us back up and running, but it was at a diminished capacity. Because Harvey actually bent one of the antennas for transmit. We were really lucky for Tropical Storm Beta that it didn’t turn out any worse than it did,” said Hall.

The county qualified for disaster recovery funds through Community Block Development grants. Their plan is for the two additional towers to be up before January.

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