Galveston suffers power outages, road closures due to weather

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by T.J. Aulds / The Daily News

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Posted on February 4, 2011 at 7:52 AM

Updated Friday, Feb 4 at 9:18 AM

GALVESTON, Texas — Ice build up on power lines knocked out power to about 4,000 customers on Galveston’s West End early Friday, a CenterPoint official confirmed.

Four circuits were knocked out at about 4:30 a.m., CenterPoint’s regional director Keith Gray said. There were an estimated 4,000 customers without power from Stewart Road west on the island at that time, Gray said. 

Ice build up on the power lines and high winds are to blame, he said. As the winds slap the ice-covered lines together, the circuits tripped.

Gray said he has a "small army" of CenterPoint crews on the scene, but it may take sunrise to thaw out the lines before the problem can be resolved. Winds may be too strong for crews to attempt to de-ice the power lines.

There were several road closures this morning, most in the north county because of the icy conditions.

Northbound and Southbound lanes of Interstate 45 at the League City Parkway are closed, the bridge at FM 270 in League City and the NASA Bypass in Webster were closed because of ice on the roads, League City officials confirmed. The ice on the GulfFreeway at League City Parkway is to blame for an injury accident, League City police said.

Ice build up was also confirmed on bridges at FM 518 in Friendswood at the Galveston County/Brazoria County border, on state Highway 124 in High Island, at the Texas City Wye and on FM 2094 in League City, Galveston County Emergency Management officials said.

In each case, state road crews sanded the bridges. There were no confirmed reports of ice-related accidents on those roads.

 

 

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