CenterPoint Energy sent a tweet saying the power lines have been cleared from the roadway, but they are still working to restore power in the area.
US I-59 at Polk is now open, as power lines have been cleared from roadway. We're still working on restoring power to the area. Appreciate your patience!— CenterPoint Energy (@CNPalerts) April 7, 2019
The damage began when strong storms rolled in to Houston Sunday, causing the power lines to fall over mainlines and frontage road of 59 northbound at Polk Street.
Multiple power poles were broken, along with the wires down. CenterPoint told ABC13 crews had to completely rebuild the infrastructure: remove the wires and poles, then re-set the poles and re-wire them, which is time-consuming work.
Drivers reported having been stuck in traffic for several hours.
All mainlanes of I-69 Eastex NB at Polk blocked due to issue with down powerlines. pic.twitter.com/GzQe3shJp1— TxDOT- HOU District (@TxDOTHouston) April 7, 2019
TxDOT tweeted an image of the downed lines around noon.