Curfew, price controls go into effect for Liberty County

File photo showing price gouging in a time of crisis.

Liberty County Judge Jay Knight, along with the Liberty County Office of Emergency Management, has declared a state of disaster for Liberty County as a result of Hurricane Laura.

While the worst of the storm is missing Liberty County, the threat of hurricane force winds, tornadoes, flooding and other weather-related conditions still exist, prompting an overnight curfew from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. for all areas within the county.

This curfew does not apply to a person authorized by the Emergency Management Director to assist in the production of health, safety or welfare of the public, or a person who remains or travels upon private property that is owned by that person or upon which the person has been invited.

The County will also be watching for price-gouging. Goods or services cannot be sold for more than the price charged on Aug. 24, 2020. This includes the following items:

  • groceries, beverages, toilet articles, ice;
  • construction and building materials and supplies, and earthmoving equipment and machinery;
  • electrical and gas generating and transmission equipment, parts and accessories;
  • charcoal briquettes, matches, candles, lamp illumination and heat unit carbides, dry batteries, light bulbs, flashlights and hand lanterns;
  • hand tools (manual and power), hardware and household supplies, and equipment rental;
  • automotive parts, supplies and accessories;
  • plumbing and electrical tools and supplies;
  • apartment, duplex, multi-family dwelling, rooming house, hotel and motel rental;
  • gasoline, diesel oil, motor oil, kerosene, grease and automotive lubricants;
  • restaurant, cafeteria and boarding house meals;
  • services of roofing and building contractors, plumbers, electricians, mechanics, tree surgeons and automobile wrecker companies;
  • medicine, pharmaceutical, and medical equipment and supplies \
  • blankets, quilts, bedspreads, bed linens, mattresses, bedsprings, bedsteads, towels and toilet paper; and
  • furniture and clothing

Any person in violation of the order, upon conviction, is subject to a fine of up to $500.

The order is in effect immediately and will remain in place until lifted.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.


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