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Garland Power & Light has restored power to all tornado-affected customers who can safely accept electric service. Customers without power should check their meter bases to make sure they are not damaged or pulled away from the home. If the meter base is damaged, customers need to have an electrician repair the meter base and have it inspected before power can be restored to the home.
Thursday is the regular trash collection day for the area impacted by Sunday’s tornado. In addition to ongoing brush and bulky pickup, the City will collect trash in green containers. Residents in the storm zone are asked to maintain separation between the containers and the rest of the debris, if possible. Trash collection personnel will make every effort to accommodate special situations.
Brush and bulky items must be placed by the curb. Crews cannot remove items from private property. To speed up the process, do not park in front of brush piles. Separate brush from other materials and cut big tree limbs to no longer than eight feet.
Many of the streets in the area are open, but people are asked not to drive into the area unless they have a specific purpose. The closed portion of Shiloh Road is expected to reopen Wednesday evening.
The National Weather Services is reporting that the tornado that hit portions of southwest Garland Sunday evening was an EF 2 with maximum winds of 135 mph. The City of Garland estimates about 175 residential and commercial structures were damaged in Sunday’s storms, at least 36 with major damage and five destroyed. Property damage is estimated at $17 million.
The City will post updates to GarlandTX.gov and to our Twitter and Facebook pages as they are available.