Midlothian Mirror Managing Editor
A fierce wind that blew through North Texas Wednesday didn’t spare Midlothian.
The city saw the roof blown off the Downtown Fire Station, signs bent at a number of businesses and the fence at Walnut Grove Middle School laid flat.
The weather phenomena that sparked the storm was called a bow-cloud. The event occurs when thunderheads build and then rapidly cool and fall, causing wind to rush down from the cloud and then out along the ground in a bow that covers a large area.
The wind did down power lines across the community with several neighborhoods northeast of town without power for more than 24 hours.
While the storm killed three, no major accidents were reported in Midlothian.
“We answered about 60 calls of downed power lines,” Midlothian Fire Chief David Schrodt told the Citizen Academy Class Thursday night. “We were just fortunate nobody was hurt.”
But trees with new spring foliage bore the brunt of the wind that was estimated at about 70-mph.
Limbs were down in most yards and many trees were pushed over by the wind that came out of the west.
The volume of downed trees and limbs has prompted the city to provide a place for city residents to take their debris.
“Due to high winds from the storms on May 2, the City of Midlothian will be providing a drop-off area for the debris from trees that were damaged or destroyed,” said Adam Mergener, Director of Public Works for the City of Midlothian. “Citizens may bring debris to the City’s water tower on Mockingbird Lane, east of Onward Lane, seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.”
This service will be provided until Friday, May 25.
Allied Waste will continue to haul limbs from curbside pick-ups during this time also. The limbs must be in bundle form, no more than four feet in length and weigh no more than 45 pounds.
The Public Works and Utility Department employees are currently driving throughout the Midlothian picking up storm debris, from businesses and residences as time allows. Main thoroughfares are the priority for cleanup.
“Please call the Service Center at 972-775-1083 to be placed on the list for pick up,” said Mergener. “Limbs must be placed at the curb; City crews will not cut trees or remove from personal property. Items will be removed as quickly as possible.”
Mergener thanked residents for their patience and also urged them to call the city if their have questions about debris pickup.