North Texas Storm Debris Cleanup to Extend Through July

Three weeks after severe storms swept through North Texas, the city of Plano continues its extensive cleanup efforts, which are now expected to last through July.

Despite trucks operating six days a week, the city, which spans 72 square miles, still has significant amounts of storm debris to collect. As per to the source wfaa

Plano has already managed to pick up nearly 25,000 cubic yards of brush, equivalent to 700 truckloads. However, many neighborhoods still have large piles of debris lining the sidewalks.

Resident Heather Marshall noted, “Every three homes have some form of debris piled up front.”

Other North Texas cities, including Little Elm, Dallas, Richardson, The Colony, and Garland, also experienced significant storm damage. In response, Plano alone received 1,812 requests for brush pick-up from the storms that hit between late May and early June.

In the wake of the storms, a disaster declaration was issued, leading to the establishment of a new disaster recovery center in Plano, staffed by FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

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Javier Caltenco of SBA highlighted that low-interest loans are available to affected families, with rates as low as 2.68% for homeowners and 4% for business owners.

“Our program helps a lot for those who are uninsured or under-insured. We understand insurance doesn’t cover 100%,” Caltenco said, emphasizing the critical support provided by the disaster recovery centers, which have recently opened across Texas.

The city of Plano has informed residents that debris collection will begin in east Plano and move westward. Meanwhile, residents like Heather Marshall remain patient, waiting for the removal of storm debris from their properties.

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