Power restored at Chevron Phillips in Baytown though heavy flaring and smoke may continue

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Tuesday, July 26, 2022
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Power is back on for 17,000 customers who were part of an outage near the Chevron Phillips plant in Baytown.

BAYTOWN, Texas (KTRK) -- The city of Baytown is experiencing power outages Tuesday, which are causing heavy flaring and smoke, officials said.

The power outages impacted the Chevron Phillips Chemical Company at 9500 Interstate 10 East the most, the company announced. SkyEye was at the scene of the plant and captured video of thick, heavy smoke exuding into the air.

By 11:20 a.m., Chevron reported power had been restored at the plant and system were coming back online, though flaring may continue.

Residences and businesses from SH-146 East to Icet Creek Crossing in Mont Belvieu are experiencing intermittent outages. In addition, traffic signals along SH-146, as far north as FM-565 are out.

Approximately 2,200 CenterPoint Energy customers within the 22-square-mile area are experiencing outages. The cause is unknown but remains under investigation.

If the outages persist and temperatures continue to rise, officials are urging residents to go to Eagle Pointe Recreation Center or The Hilltop, which are serving as cooling areas.

No shelter-in-place order has been issued.

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