Crews work to restore power, clean up debris after massive storm tears through Richardson

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Crews in Richardson are working to repair damage caused by June 9’s massive rainstorm. Full restoration could take several weeks, the city reports.

Power outages

Oncor Electric Delivery crews are working around the clock to restore to power to thousands of Richardson customers. The majority of outages are located west of US 75, but several areas east of the freeway were also affected, according to a map from Oncor.

The latest estimation for restoration of service in Richardson falls between Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, depending on location.

Additionally, the city reports several traffic signals have yet to be restored and a handful remain powered by generators.

Cleanup efforts

Staff with the Brush and Bulky Item Collection service expects to spend the next several weeks clearing streets of down trees and other storm debris, according to the city’s website.

“Since the storm, we’ve received over 1,000 calls for [Brush and Bulky Item Collection] services,” Assistant Director of Public Services Travis Switzer said. “Typically, this time of year it’s 600 to 700 [calls].”

Residents are encouraged to request pick-up service by calling 972-744-4111 or at www.cor.net/babic.

Trash and recycling service may also be impacted by the storm. If garbage is not hauled on schedule, leave it out for crews to pick up the following day, the city says.

Facility closures, reopenings

All Richardson ISD summer school sites, programs, camps and activities will resume June 12, according to the social media channels.

The Richardson Senior Center, Heights Recreation Center and Huffhines Recreation Center reopened June 11 after temporarily losing power, according to the Richardson Parks and Recreation Department.

Most of Cottonwood Park, including the inclusive playground and pool, are expected to reopen tomorrow. One section of the park south of the basketball court will remain closed as well as the south bridge crossing. An estimated time for reopening is not yet clear.

Canyon Creek Pool also remains closed due to a power outage. Crews are working to restore electricity, and parks and recreation staff is hopeful it will reopen June 12.

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Olivia Lueckemeyer
Olivia Lueckemeyer graduated in 2013 from Loyola University New Orleans with a degree in journalism. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in October 2016 as reporter for the Southwest Austin edition before her promotion to editor in March 2017. In July 2018 she returned home to the Dallas area and became editor of the Richardson edition.
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