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Brazoria County’s road and bridge crew did a “great” job of getting roads open immediately after Hurricane Nicholas, and the county’s contractor is ready to begin mobilizing to pick up debris, County Engineer Matt Hanks said.

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As residents start looking to hire home contractors for damages sustained by Hurricane Nicholas, city officials warn locals about scams that could occur. 

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DEL RIO — Five days after Haitian President Jovenel Moise was assassinated by a group of foreign mercenaries July 7, 29-year-old Stelin Jean decided to flee the country with his wife and two children — traveling to Bolivia, where many Haitians have arrived recently before starting an arduous…

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Brazoria County residents have spent the last several days collecting broken limbs and cutting up the trunks and branches from fallen trees, piling the debris created when Hurricane Nicholas blew through in fromt of their homes.

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While power restoration is ongoing, municipalities are finding ways to aid residents and are providing updates as often as possible regarding the circumstances.

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When Salvation Army Capt. Justin Vincent walked inside the Lake Jackson Civic Center, he couldn’t believe the number of hungry residents craving a hot meal. Despite the hard work and chaos of the past days, feeding those mouths was a great reward.

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Timothy Jones is among the more than 45,000 residents without electricity, but he was grateful the community banded together while providers scramble to return customers from the dark.

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In the aftermath of Hurricane Nicholas, Brazoria County residents and officials spent Tuesday assessing damages and enduring power outages, which may continue for several days in some areas.

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Children played in the high water as city workers used front-end loaders and dump trucks to pick up mounds of debris and brush that lined roads such as Bluewater Highway and Fort Velasco Boulevard on Tuesday.

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ake Jackson workers faced a challenging feat in the wake of Hurricane Nicholas, with more than 200,000 cubic yards of brush material estimated to be removed across the city. 

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Brazoria resident Steven Watkins believes he was only a few feet away from dying after a tree crushed his home during Hurricane Nicholas’s landfall.

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As of 11 p.m. more than 38,000 people were without power, according to CenterPoint Energy’s website.

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As of 10 p.m., the National Hurricane Center upgraded Tropical Storm Nicholas ot a hurricane.

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Andrew Young died around 6 p.m. Friday after being shot in the head during an argument, authorities said.

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The Facts will continue to push out updates on Tropical Storm Nicholas throughout the duration, and this file will be routinely updated with information as we receive it.

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A 4 p.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center indicated a hurricane watch is in effect for Port Aransas to San Luis Pass. The storm’s location was about 85 miles south-southwest of Matagorda and moving north-northeast at 12 mph. Throughout Brazoria County, people stocked up on supplies, but many didn’t seem overly worried.

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Individual bottles of water and gallon jugs were just about all Kroger in Clute had left Monday afternoon. More cases of water were on the way, store manager Charles Prestage said.

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Brazoria resident Anita Narvaez had visited a couple of stores already to stock up on supplies including batteries before she bought water Monday at H-E-B in Lake Jackson, in preparation for Tropical Storm Nicholas.

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Tropical Storm Nicholas will bring an increase in winds and rainfall as the day progresses, and is anticipated to make landfall Monday night near Matagorda Bay, and then to track north-northeast. County and city officials are urging preparedness.

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Angleton and Sweeny ISDs have determined their best course of action is to join other coastal districts by canceling classes for Monday as residents prepare for Tropical Storm Nicholas, but Danbury ISD is continuing with plans to have classes, officials said Sunday night.

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ANGLETON — After steady activity in the tropics for several weeks, a storm is now taking aim at Brazoria County and officials are encouraging residents to make preparations before Tropical Storm Nicholas delivers its impact felt in the next few days.

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AUSTIN — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott blasted President Joe Biden on Thursday after Biden ordered large employers to require their workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19 — or get tested frequently to prove they don’t have the virus.

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AUSTIN — State officials have recommended a joint venture between a design firm and an engineering firm be awarded the contract to oversee construction of a state-funded barrier along the Texas-Mexico border.

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AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday announced a third special legislative session that will begin Sept. 20 and tackle redistricting, restrictions on transgender student athletes and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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Three out of the four abortion facilities in San Antonio have temporarily stopped offering the procedure in hopes of avoiding lawsuits from private citizens under Texas’ new restrictive abortion law.

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SWEENY — With 100 test-confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sweeny ISD as of Wednesday evening, the district has decided to close pre-K, third and fifth grades in Sweeny Elementary School through the end of the week, Superintendent Tory Hill said via email.

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The Texas Legislature on Thursday adjourned its second specially called legislative session, calling it quits four days early after pushing through a controversial elections bill that Democrats said would infringe the voting rights of people of color and reinstating funding for the legislati…

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Speaker Dade Phelan, R-Beaumont, right, talks to state Rep. Greg Bonnen, R-Friendswood, in the House Chamber after gaveling the first special session Sine Die at the Capitol in Austin on Aug. 6.

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The top elections official in Harris County and a host of organizations that serve Texans of color and Texans with disabilities have fired the opening salvos in what’s expected to be an extensive legal battle over Texas’ new voting rules.