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Downed trees, power lines leave thousands in the dark in Bell County

More than 20,000 customers in Bell County lost power due to ice and downed trees.

TEMPLE, Texas — The freezing temperatures continued into a fourth day in Central Texas Thursday, resulting in thousands of power outages across the region. 

More than 24,000 customers in Bell County were without power as of 1:30 p.m. The situation in McLennan County was not as bad with around 4,000 outages. Across the state, Oncor reported close to 150,000 customers had no power.

A long stretch of Adams Avenue in Temple lost power with downed trees lining the street.

The City of Temple said people can call 254-298-5653 to report trees in the road or visit the city's website.

Residents who have fallen trees on their property can place the trees at the curb for collection when bulk and brush schedules resume, the city posted to its Facebook page. Visit templetx.gov/solidwaste for updated information on schedules.

The city said over-limit fees would be waived for collection of large trees and debris. They asked that trees be cut into 10 feet sections at the curb. Debris should be placed in a separate pile for collection.  

Residents can also bring tree debris and large brush to the solid waste offices at 319 Bullseye Lane Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a current water bill.



For those who lost power, there are warming centers around the area. Click here for a full list.


Bell County Emergency Management provided a link on its Facebook page to report ice damage. It helps officials identify resources needed, according to the post. You can find that link here.

Be sure to select the Active Incident - Winter/Severe Weather Jan. 29. Within the survey, you will have the opportunity to upload photos of your damages. Please ensure photos are clear and depict disaster-related damages.


As temperatures increase and pipes defrost, you may also notice low water pressure or water leaks. If no water comes out, a pipe may have burst. You will need to turn your water off as soon as possible. The City of Temple says their residents can call the Utility Services Division at 254-217-4153.

If there is only a slight trickle, the city says there may be some things you can do to safely defrost your pipes:

Run water through the pipe for a while. This may help clear any ice or blockage.
DO NOT use anything with an open flame. This could cause serious damage to your pipe and waterline and could even start a fire.
 Apply gentle heat to the pipe using a warm towel. An electric hair dryer at a low heat temperature may also work.

Please report any utility issues by calling 254.217.4153.

A gallery below shows fallen trees reported around Central Texas:


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