60% of Fort Bend County households without power Feb. 16, county judge says

Fort Bend County Judge KP George provided an update on power outages in the county during a Facebook live Feb. 16. (Screenshot courtesy Fort Bend County)
Fort Bend County Judge KP George provided an update on power outages in the county during a Facebook live Feb. 16. (Screenshot courtesy Fort Bend County)

Fort Bend County Judge KP George provided an update on power outages in the county during a Facebook live Feb. 16. (Screenshot courtesy Fort Bend County)

Approximately 60% of Fort Bend County households are without power—including the home of County Judge KP George—George said in a Facebook live at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 16.

“I’m in the same boat as each and every one of you, and my heart goes out to you,” George said. “I am concerned about your well-being, and we are doing everything possible we can to address this issue and make Fort Bend County better for our citizens.”

George said the Electric Reliability Council of Texas alongside CenterPoint Energy is working to fix this outages. ERCOT manages the state's electric grid, while CenterPoint Energy provides service to most of the Greater Houston area. Gov. Greg Abbott called for an investigation into ERCOT the afternoon of Feb. 16.

"That [investigation] will reveal some answers about what happened in the state of Texas, but it’s not going to solve our immediate problem," George said.

To address residents' immediate needs, Fort Bend County is opening several warming centers this evening, George said. Residents are encouraged to call the Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management at 281-342-6185 to reserve a spot at a warming center prior to leaving their house.


George said the warming centers are located at:

  • River Pointe Church, 21000 Hwy. 59, Richmond

  • Merrell Center, 6301 S. Stadium Lane, Katy

  • Sienna Annex, 5855 Sienna Springs Way, Missouri City


Fort Bend County is expected to experience freezing temperatures the evening of Feb. 17 and rainfall overnight and into the morning of Feb. 18, which could contribute to icy road conditions. George said residents should stay home if possible.
By Claire Shoop
Claire joined Community Impact Newspaper in September 2019 as the reporter for the Sugar Land/Missouri City edition. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in May 2019 where she studied journalism, government and Arabic. While in school, Claire was a fellow for The Texas Tribune, worked for the student newspaper, The Daily Texan, and spent a semester in Washington, D.C. She enjoys playing cards with her family and listening to the Boss, Bruce Springsteen.


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