City sets up barricades, fences to block damaged area
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.”