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Mesquite, Texas - June 12, 2019 - On Sunday, June 9, at approximately 1:30 p.m. a fast moving storm passed through the city of Mesquite with high winds and heavy rains. Winds are estimated to have been around 70 mph in some areas. The entire city was impacted with the primary issues being tree damage, power lines down and minor building damage.
ONCOR reported as many as 21,000 customers without power on Sunday following the storm. Many traffic signals were without power for most of Sunday with a few signals requiring repairs by the City. On Monday, all signals were returned into service and approximately 5,000 ONCOR customers were without power.
The City employees from Streets, Solid Waste and Parks and Recreation began debris removal on Sunday evening. The initial focus was on removing hazards from roadways and other public areas. City crews began debris removal from residential areas on Monday morning. It is expected that removal efforts will take up to three weeks due to the large impact the storm had on the entire community. A large number of trees and limbs are down in parks. These trees will be the lowest priority for the City’s response and could take up to four weeks to remove.
Building damage was reported at The Lane Apartments on Towne Crossing Blvd. and Metzger Awards on Main Street. City facilities damaged include Goodbar Recreation Center, Valley Creek Park Baseball Complex and the Mesquite Metro Airport.
Citizens are encouraged to contact Public Works Dispatch 972-216-6278 if they have any questions. To aid the solid waste crews in debris removal and the large pick up of brush collection, residents are asked to make the area accessible by not parking vehicles nearby or having other obstructions that may impact the City’s service.