Mayor to develop lightning policy for city of Rollingwood

Mayor Thom Farrell said he will provide Rollingwood City Council with a citywide lightning policy for its May 20 meeting.

On April 15 the council discussed creating a policy to address what residents should do for protection in a storm, including the city purchasing a lightning detection system.

Alderman Jordan Scott said he and the Parks Commission were prompted to add a lightning detection system as a result of an April 2014 event during which residents remained in a parking lot despite hearing thunder. He also cited a lightning strike of a youth soccer player in Bee Cave the same year.

Scott said cities have either systems to warn residents of lightning or rely on residents to understand the situation is dangerous.

“At either rate, we need a policy in place, and we need some signs out there telling anybody how to react in the case of lightning,” he said.


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