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August 26th, 2010
City cleans up after storm

ELECTRIC UTILITY WORKERS restore power after an uprooted tree lands on a home on Amherst Street. SUBMITTED PHOTO

STAFF REPORT

City of San Marcos emergency and utility crews worked into Tuesday night after straight line winds and a sudden storm uprooted trees, broke off tree limbs, damaged structures and caused power outages across the City. No injuries were reported.

The rain and windstorm hit about 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, with winds knocking out power and damaging trees and structures in Westover, Spring Lake Hills, Hughson Heights Franklin Drive, Hunter Road, Willow Creek, and McCarty Lane areas.

About 600 customers lost power for two to four hours when power lines were affected by wind and falling limbs. No electric substation feeders were lost, though three substations saw a brief outage described as a “blink.”

Electric Utility, Public Services Transportation, Fire Department, Parks and Recreation, Building Inspections, Animal Services, Police and the City Marshal’s office responded to the storm’s aftermath.

About 20 trees felled by the storm were removed from roadways and many others on private property were damaged. Homes, buildings and sheds suffered roof damage in several areas.

Electric Utility crews spent Wednesday cleaning up and chipping tree limbs, repairing damaged lights and restoring power to three locations that required additional work by an electrical contractor.

Residents may schedule free pickup of tree debris on their regular brush/ bulky waste pickup day on trash collection days during the first and third full weeks of each month. Please call Public Services at 393-8026 for more information and to schedule pick up.

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