Tens Of Thousands Still Without Power After Severe Storms Hit Dallas-Fort Worth | KERA News

Tens Of Thousands Still Without Power After Severe Storms Hit Dallas-Fort Worth

Jun 10, 2019

Cleanup continued Monday after weekend storms downed trees, damaged buildings and knocked out power across North Texas. In addition, more than 200 more flights were canceled at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport on Monday, on top of hundreds of flights canceled Sunday.

Plywood covers large windows at Fretz Park Library in Far North Dallas.
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Oncor estimated about 50,000 customers were still without power as of 9 p.m. Tuesday. That followed a string of storms on Sunday that also sent a crane crashing into an apartment building in Dallas, killing one resident. Those without power may still have several days to go until service is restored, according to Oncor.

Oncor says crews continue to work around the clock to restore power -- and that it was able to restore power to more than 200,000 customers as of Tuesday morning. Fallen trees, debris and poor road conditions affect power restoration, Oncor officials say. The company has requested assistance from utility partners across Texas and neighboring states.

"High winds have left wide swaths of power lines and distribution equipment in need of repair," Oncor says. "In these heavily damaged areas, many electric facilities will have to be reconstructed."

Flights canceled, delayed

At Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, American Airlines canceled more than 200 additional flights .

According to FlightAware.com, more than 220 flights had been canceled by late morning at DFW, where American is the dominant airline. More than 500 DFW flights were canceled Sunday.

At nearby Dallas Love Field, a spokeswoman for Southwest Airlines said the storm's aftermath led to some delays Monday, but that operations were back to normal by late morning.

A 71 mph wind gust was recorded at Love Field Sunday. Strong winds were also recorded in Richardson, Denton and Rockwall.

Traffic lights down

The city of Dallas has reported traffic light outages throughout the city. The city asks that drivers treat such intersections as four-way stops until crews can make repairs.

Residents impacted by power outages can use open city libraries and recreation centers to seek relief from the heat or to power their electronic devices. Currently, Lakewood, Oaklawn, Preston-Royal, Skillman-Southwestern, Skyline and White Rock Hills Branch Libraries are without power.

The Latino Cultural Center has been activated as a respite center for residents without power or who are in need. The Dallas Office of Emergency Management has also activated a command center at the Latino Cultural Center. OEM is coordinating efforts with Dallas Fire Rescue, Dallas Police Department and the Red Cross, as well as the property management company of the building damaged by the crane collapse.

Extra crews were being brought in by the city to assist in the collection of storm debris, and staging areas are being opened to reduce the delay in crews picking up debris and returning to affected areas.

Regularly scheduled bulk and brush pickup will continue for June, but residents are asked to help with storm debris collection by limiting bulk set-outs this month if possible. July bulk collection will be limited to brush and storm debris. Also, residents are urged to call 311 or use the OurDallas app to report storm debris and downed limbs in roads.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.