As of early Thursday afternoon, the City of Plano had received more than 100 calls regarding downed trees or limbs. City officials say that damage caused by last year’s winter storm has left many trees at greater of breaking now.
An estimated 7,000 trees in Plano were damaged during last year’s storm. While many were later removed at the behest of the city, a significant number of damaged trees remain standing. With freezing temperatures and gusty winds forecast through Saturday, there is still a risk of additional damage due to tree breakage.
The good news so far is that only one traffic accident had been reported through 2:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon. Many roads were empty as schools closed and residents remained hunkered down at home. Crews continue to treat area thoroughfares with salt and sand.
As for government offices, Plano city hall was open, but recreations centers and libraries were closed. The Plano Animal Shelter closed to the public early in the afternoon. Animal services officers remain on duty to continue caring for the animals. Residents who observe animals being kept outdoors without appropriate shelter are advised to call Plano Animal Services at (972) 769-4360.
Trash and recycling service was canceled on Thursday and Friday. A city spokesperson says that officials will reevaluate the situation Friday morning and determine when closed city services may resume.