Thousands without power in Alvin for hours

June 27, 2012 2:01:24 AM PDT
An equipment malfunction at a power company's substation in Brazoria County left thousands of residents in the dark Tuesday.

The outage came on a day where the Houston area temperatures hit triple digits and even tied an all-time record. Those high temperatures made it hard for residents in Alvin who were waiting for their electricity to return. Everyone had their power back on by midnight.

At the height of the outage, about 4,700 customers were without electricity but Texas-New Mexico Power was expected to restore power to everyone by midnight.

The light fixtures were dark in one Alvin home, and the a battery-operated fan is blowing.

"I was just holding my baby, watching TV and the power went out" Laurie Ramirez said.

Her husband, George Ramirez, held their two-month-old daughter Avery, as a wet towel draped his shoulders.

"That's what I do at work. I work outside most of the time and that's the best way to stay cool," he said.

Just before 6pm the energy provider, Texas-New Mexico Power says an equipment malfunction at their substation, near Alvin caused a fire and the blackout to most of city.

Law enforcement directed traffic at intersections without lights.

In other areas, crews checked electrical components.

KTRK chief meteorologist Tim Heller says the official high temperature at Bush IAH Tuesday was 105. That tied the all-time June record high of 105 set last year on June 5 and 6.

"Of all the days, yes, the hottest day and I can't believe it," Laurie Ramirez said.

But the heat, without AC and a newborn to care for mom says it's time for Plan B.

"I was fixing to leave. I am just getting ready and I'm fixing to go to my friends house," Laurie Ramirez said.

Texas-New Mexico Power initially had hoped to restore the power by 8pm, then 10pm and then 11pm before bumping it back to midnight.

Luckily, emergency responders in Alvin did not have to tend to any heat-related calls.

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