Thousands of residents across Texoma were without power this weekend after storms with high winds and heavy rain swept across the area, but while power has been restored to most, many residents now have lots of repairs to make and limbs to remove.
A weekend of heavy winds and rain had roofers busy fixing damaged shingles and leaking roofs, while on the ground, street crews were out in force to clear the streets.
“As of Saturday trees were going down, and we were out there clearing the streets by moving the trees out of the way,” City of Wichita Falls Street Superintendent Jose Caballero said.
The City of Wichita Falls cleared a total of 30 trees that were uprooted or blown down and drivers are being asked to watch for the crews and slow down.
“Keep an eye out on all the guys out there that are doing the work, they are in and out of the streets and we got our safety vests on and we got barricades there,” Caballero said.
But that is not the only thing to keep an eye out for, State Farm agent Mike Morris said it best to stick with local businesses who have been here some time.
“And the ones you don’t want to use are the ones who are knocking on your door, asking for work that’s come in from another area,” Morris said.
Morris said before you sign or pay anything, check around.
“I would check with the Better Business Bureau, check to see if they are accredited, see what kind of complaints might be held against them before I end up choosing them, the other thing I would do is talk to your friends and neighbors,” Morris said.
And for Texomans with questions regarding how to make a claim or what is covered by their home insurance, a quick call to their agent can answer lots of questions.
“You can end up asking those things about how things are covered, what’s covered and also my deductibles because when you have a storm come in, things move very very quickly,” Morris said. “So if you have a lot of damage and you’re at least prepared, is the big thing.”
If there are gaps in your coverage, Morris said now is the time to take care of it before the next storm.
City Officials encourage everyone to give them a call if they see a tree down in the streets, however they are not responsible for those in your yards.