There were also a lot of downed trees and some downed power lines as well. All of the damage left home owners, businesses and city crews with plenty to clean up. When storms hit calls about the damage start pouring in to the city officers quickly and they don’t stop for a while.
“We have been receiving calls since late last night. Before midnight from PD, emergency services that we had trees down,” said Street Superintendent Jose Caballero. “So, we have had crews coming in since about midnight and working around the clock to get the trees picked up. Our streets cleared.”
For the Street Department making sure the roads are accessible to drivers is all about safety.
“It’s all hands-on deck,” Caballero said. “Our main priority is safety. We want to make sure everyone is safe. If the roads are cluttered with trees and there is an emergency, emergency services can’t get there.”
And if severe weather strikes late at night, city crews try to secure areas as soon as possible, but there are difficulties.
“Some of the big areas last night, some of the bigger trees, we couldn’t spend a lot of time because we had so many of them we couldn’t clear them out, so we would barricade those until the following day,” said Caballero. “Sometimes those trees you can’t tell is there are wires in them because they are so big. So, we would barricade them and when there is daylight we can see better.”
Another problem causes by the wind was damage to roofs.
“You can tell the roof had been blown back by the wind. Evidently it happened after the rain. The strong wind pulled back the metal roof. Exposed about a third of the roof. Luckily there was no water damage, but we are having to replace the roof today,” said Booby Diltz, owner of Breegle Abbey Carpet and Flooring.
With that storm now passed everyone is cleaning up and getting the repairs done before the next one rolls into town. Caballero said they should have most of the major issues cleared up by the end of the day and will finish up everything else by the beginning of next week