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Crews from Smith County and the City of Tyler worked all day Tuesday to assess the debris on the roads and remove it as quickly as possible.
All departmental roads have been cleared since Tuesday afternoon, but some roads in the city remain closed or impassable.
Smith County Roads
Smith County Engineer Frank Davis said road and bridge crews were called around 3 a.m. and worked clearing county roads all day Tuesday.
At 3:30 p.m., crews cleared all reported downed trees from county roads.
The trees, which were reported on at least 21 county roads earlier in the morning, have been cut down and moved to the side of the road and will be picked up throughout the week.
People in Smith County who have downed trees are asked to call the non-emergency dispatch at 903-566-6600 or the road and bridge at 903-590-4801.
Smith County officials assisted the town of Whitehouse and Troup after overnight storms caused damage and at least one death.
Crews from Smith County Road and Bridge, along with the Smith County Sheriff’s Office and the Office of the Fire Marshal, assisted Whitehouse in the middle of the night, officials said.
“I would like to thank all of the highways and bridges departments, law enforcement, first responders and emergency management personnel in the City of Whitehouse for their quick and diligent work in responding to this severe weather event during night,” Smith County Judge Nathaniel Moran said. “I am devastated that a life was lost in this event, and my prayers are with the families of the missing and displaced as we continue to work through this situation.”
Tyler City Roads
In the town of Tyler, crews are working to clear roads and repair traffic lights.
The city’s street department continues to assess the damage and clear the roads. According to a city statement, there were at least 33 downed trees around 10 a.m. Tuesday morning.
Streets that remain closed as of 2 p.m. due to tree issues include Driftwood Lane, Wilder Way Road, Wilder Woods, Quail Creek Drive, Covey Lane and Cherokee Trail.
Due to fallen trees and branches, Wilma Street is currently blocked on the south side of the Rose Hill Cemetery and Mausoleum, where the fence is damaged.
The city also reported tree branches and limbs at Oakwood Cemetery.
Hillside Park also has several large tree branches and Legacy Trail has tree branches near Oak Creek Boulevard and Three Lakes Parkway. On the Southside Park Trail, tree branches have fallen on the trail and some branches are hanging over the trail.
The Goodman-LeGrand Museum and Garden has a downed tree causing minor damage to the fence.
Report any new damage to the Parks and Recreation Department at (903) 531-1370.
Residents can report flooded streets, potholes, sinkholes, downed trees, storm water 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 after hours.
The Texas Department of Transportation is responsible for state highways including Broadway, Loop 323, Interstate-20, and Toll 49. See more details for your area at drivetexas.org .