Ennis Daily News

City sets up barricades, fences to block damaged area


Ennis Daily News photo by Nick Todaro / Much of the debris on E. Ennis Avenue came from Texas Lifestyle Furniture and The Herb Place health food store. Keith Jantz, owner of the building in which those stores reside, said he’s received approval from the city to begin repairs. He said he does not know when the furniture or health food stores will re-open.

Ennis Daily News photo by Nick Todaro / Much of the debris on E. Ennis Avenue came from Texas Lifestyle Furniture and The Herb Place health food store.


City Manager Steve Howerton reported the city completed building a hard perimeter of barricades and fences on Saturday in the potential collapse zone around five buildings in the 200 block of West Ennis Avenue and the 100 block of South Dallas.

These buildings are deemed to have suffered serious structural damage and are considered to be 'structural hazards',” Howerton said in a situation report released to the media this morning.
A 'potential building collapse zone' is normally calculated to be 1.5 times building height.”

As of 7 a.m. Today, storm debris had been cleared from approximately 90 percent of the tornado strike area. Seventy square blocks have been cleared.

Approximately 10-plus square blocks in the tornado strike area remain to be cleared of debris.
The city has operated six debris clearance teams during the clearance process,” Howerton said.
Oncor is reporting no Ennis customers were without electrical power as of 7 a.m. today.

At 1 a.m. Thursday, 3,000 Oncor customers were reported to be without power in Ennis.

"Oncor has done a superb job restoring power in Ennis,” Howerton said. “All major roads are cleared and open, with the exception of Ennis Ave (Sherman Street to Main Street).  All minor roads are cleared and open.”
 

Post to Twitter

Comments

comments

Posted by on May 19 2013. Filed under City news, News. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

Comments are closed

Featured Links

    Search Archive

    Search by Date
    Search by Category
    Search with Google
    Log in

     

    Copyright: All rights reserved. Users may download and print extracts of content from this website for their own personal and non-commercial use only. Republication or redistribution of Ennis Daily News content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Ennis Daily News. Ennis Daily News and its logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of the Ellis County Newspapers, Inc.

    © Ellis County Newspapers, Inc. 2014