Fallen tree knocks out power in Liberty

The City of Liberty is working to make repairs to a power line that that was knocked down by a falling tree Tuesday afternoon.

With temperatures expected to stay in the triple digits for a few more hours, City Manager Tom Warner says the City is doing its best to restore power in a timely manner.

He expects that power will be out for up to three more hours, coming back on sometime in the early evening. The estimated restoration time is 6 p.m.

“The initial report for the fallen tree said that a fire was started when the tree fell. We’ve also had a grass fire to which firefighters are responding,” he said.

Recognizing that some residents, particularly the elderly and very young, are susceptible to heat stress, Warner said that if someone has a true medical emergency to please call 911 to reach EMS and firefighters.

However, if residents have another option – such as going to a relative or friend’s house in a neighboring community – he recommends they try option so that firefighters and medics are able to respond to other calls for help.

The power outage is impacting a large portion of the City, including downtown. The Liberty County Courthouse closed early and sent employees home for the day.

Bluebonnet News will post updates if additional information becomes available.

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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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