Aftermath of last night's storm

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 5:58pm

East Texas looked a little messy today after Wednesday night's storm.  The most noticeable damages are the trees blown down by the wind.  Crews have been working since last night to clean up the mess mother nature left behind.  While you were sleeping on Wednesday night, Pedro Medina was hard at work.

"It was pretty bad. We came in around eight and went home about four or five in the morning," said Medina.

He cleaned up debris left on the road from the storm.  He was not the only one with a big job. Oncor Electric Delivery workers were dealing with issues all Wednesday night as well

"We did have a lot of issues with trees falling over into our power lines, pulling down poles and pulling down wire," said Oncor Regional Manager, Charles Hill.

Many homes lost power.

"At the peak of the storm, we had over 20,000 customers out in the East Texas area," said Hill.

The power outage also affected some Jackson Water Supply customers.  Jackson Water Supply declined an on-camera interview, but they sent out a notice telling customers to boil their water before using it.

Martha Grimmett's yard was the biggest mess of all. Her massive tree collapsed Wednesday night.

"At least nobody was hurt. That's the most important thing," said Grimmett.

The tree blocked the road at the corner of Sunnybrook and Whittle in Tyler.

"I've seen a lot worse, but with this storm that came by...this is the worst one for today," said Medina.

Kayla Grimmett was terrified when she saw the tree go down.

"Whenever the tree started to fall, it sounded like a big boom," said Kayla.

The Better Business Bureau serving Central East Texas said you may see more companies offering help.  They said it's important to make sure that you're not getting a bad deal from people offering a quick fix for your storm damage.  It is better to hire a local business, and make sure they have a license if needed.


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