City of Tyler working to clear streets of 90 downed trees, debris

Street crews in  Tyler have been working around the clock to clear downed trees from roads in...
Street crews in Tyler have been working around the clock to clear downed trees from roads in the city.(KLTV)
Published: Apr. 13, 2022 at 5:47 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 13, 2022 at 5:54 PM CDT
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TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - Street crews in the City of Tyler have been working around the clock to clear downed trees from roads in the city.

“It’s been 26 hours or so for some of these guys, or more,” storm water foreman Jeff Kirt said.

There were about 90 locations where trees were down and blocking roads.

“This has been by far the worst storm that I’ve been involved in. I think the second worst was around 27 trees,” Kirk said.

Of the 90 trees down, “About half of that, 45 or so, are in power lines of some sort and awaiting the power to get cut off to those so we can address those,” Kirk said. “Our main priority is get the streets open for emergency vehicles and the police department.”

Kirk said the city is hard at work to clear the streets.

“These guys come in, they don’t complain, they don’t ask questions. They’re all dedicated. We have every member of the street department on hand.”

Kirk said it will take at least two weeks to clear the roads completely.

On Wednesday night, the City of Tyler released the following information:

The city says the intersections of South Chilton Avenue and West 4th and 5th Street remain closed Wednesday night due to downed trees and power lines. Eastbound traffic will detour to South Robertson Avenue, Sunnybrook Drive, Old Jacksonville Highway and South Broadway Avenue before returning to East Fifth Street.

Westbound traffic will detour to South Broadway Avenue, Old Jacksonville Highway, Sunnybrook Drive, and South Vine Avenue before returning to East Fourth Street.

Southbound traffic on South Donnybrook Avenue will detour to East Ninth Street, South Wall Avenue, Troupe Highway, New Copeland Road, East Seagal Street and back to South Donnybrook Avenue.

Northbound traffic will detour to East Seagal Street, New Copeland Road, South Wall Avenue, East Ninth Street and back to South Donnybrook Avenue.

Residents are asked to drive with caution, slow down and avoid areas where trees and power lines are down. Motorists are asked not to remove traffic cones placed across roadways due to safety concerns.

Residents can report flooded streets, potholes, sinkholes, downed trees, stormwater issues and drainage issues using the free “MyTyler” phone App or by calling the Streets Department at (903) 531-1393 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and the Tyler Police Department non-emergency number at (903) 531-1000 during non-business hours.

The traffic signal at South Donnybrook Avenue and Troup Highway is set as a red flash. Motorists need to treat the intersection as a four-way stop.

Crews will be monitoring the seven intersections where the traffic signals are working on generator power due to power outages. The traffic department estimates it could take at least 24 hours for the power to be restored.

Technicians are working to realign detection cameras and road signs misaligned due to the high winds.

Residents can report traffic signal outages by calling the Tyler Police Department non-emergency number at (903) 531-1000.

The Texas Department of Transportation is responsible for the maintenance of State highways including Broadway, Loop 323, Interstate-20 and Toll 49. Smith County Road and Bridge crews are responsible for County Roads.

SOLID WASTE The Solid Waste Department will be doing free brush pickup due to storm damage. Customers can call (903) 531-1388 through Friday, April 22 to schedule a brush pickup. The department will issue a work order during the phone call. There will not be a specified day for the pickup.

Brush must be at the curb.  Customers may not see their usual drivers due to different crews being assigned to brush pickup.

Customers are asked to be patient with the brush pickup due to trucks, personnel and resources being utilized by other City Departments to clear downed and uprooted trees from streets and right-of-way.

PARKS Rose Rudman trail remains closed due to downed trees and damages caused by last week’s storms. Residents are reminded to be cautious at City parks and facilities and report new damage to the Parks and Recreation Department at Phone: (903) 531-1370 or through our online form.

Bergfeld Park:

Downed and uprooted trees

Damaged benches, picnic tables and playground equipment

Douglas Park:

Downed and damaged trees

PT Cole Park:

Hanging limbs

Legacy Trail:

At least one large tree is down near Oak Creek.

Gresham Trail:

Downed tree

Rose Hill Cemetery:

Fence damage

Please use caution when visiting City Parks in the upcoming weeks.

UTILITIESAll essential City Services including water and wastewater services continue to operate at full capacity.

RAVE ALERT SYSTEM Residents are encouraged to sign up for the Rave Alert Smart911 System to receive emergency weather notifications (push notifications, texts, calls or email) on their cell phones or landline phones. Users are also encouraged to assist their friends, neighbors and family members who do not have cell phones sign up for the alerts that can go to a landline.

ELECTRICITYContact Oncor at 1-888-313-4747 to report power outages and downed power lines.

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