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The damage from Hurricane Beryl in Brazoria County ranges from power outages to long lines at the gas station to houses without roofs

The damage from Hurricane Beryl in Brazoria County ranges from power outages to long lines at the gas station to houses without roofs
The damage from Hurricane Beryl in Brazoria County ranges from power outages to long lines at the gas station to houses without roofs

BRAZORIA COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) – Chrystalea Hebert has lived in Brazoria County her entire life. She told ABC13 she has never experienced a storm that caused as much damage in Surfside Beach as Hurricane Beryl.

“It’s really, really bad,” she said.

Tuesday afternoon, Hebert inspected some of the homes she works in. Many homes along the beach had significant structural damage, such as missing roofs, missing exterior siding and exposed interiors.

“I’ve never seen anything like this,” she said. “You can see through the houses.”

About five miles away, another sign of hurricane recovery was visible. A long line of cars lined up on FM-523 to get gas at Buc-ee’s.

Tired residents told ABC13 that this was the only open place in the area.

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“I’ve been waiting here for an hour and five minutes,” Lizette Maldonado, who is also without power at home, told Eyewitness News.

Brazoria County Judge Matt Sebesta said this is the county’s most pressing issue right now.

“(On Monday) 80 to 90 percent of the power lines were down,” Sebesta said.

More than 34,000 customers were without power Tuesday afternoon, according to Texas-New Mexico Power’s outage tracker.

CenterPoint, meanwhile, declined to provide a specific number on how many of its customers in the district are affected.

They said they would have a better idea of ​​the total number of outages and recovery times by Wednesday.

“It’s annoying,” said Anthony Harris, a Freeport resident, as he stood in line for gas. “Just awful.”

On a positive note, Sebesta had statistics that he was proud to announce.

“We had no deaths or serious injuries,” he said. “In that respect, we are blessed.”

He added that debris is the other major problem they are facing as Brazoria County recovers from the storm.

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