The call came in at 8:06 a.m. — a utility pole on South Gordon Street in front of the entrance to HEB had snapped in two and was lying across the roadway with wires strewn across the ground.
“It was like it was in slow motion because the wires were holding it up,” Wanda Yaws, who was working at the HEB gas station kiosk, said.
Yaws said she didn’t see any vehicle strike the lines or the pole.
It just appeared to fall on its own, she said, adding that the pole had already been leaning for a long time but she was surprised that it fell.
“I called 9-1-1 as it actually was happening because I actually had time to dial 9-1-1 while it was still falling; that’s how slow it went down,” Yaws said.
In addition to the broken pole, four more poles were cracked. The broken pole and three of the cracked poles belong to AT&T, while the remaining pole belongs to Texas-New Mexico Power.
The incident snarled traffic for over nine hours as employees and contractors worked late into the afternoon to replace the damaged poles.
The cause of the damage is unknown.
Capt. Todd Arendell of the Alvin Police Department said the incident is still under investigation as of press time.