Richardson crews continue with storm cleanup
The cleanup effort in Richardson continues after heavy rain and strong winds left homes and businesses in the dark for hours Sunday.
Trash/Recycling/Brush And Bulky Item Collection (BABIC)
Crews with Richardson’s Brush and Bulky Item Collection service or BABIC will be working on extended hours for the next three weeks to collect curbside items and cleaning up storm debris.
“Since the storm, we’ve received over 1,000 calls for BABIC service. Typically, this time of year, its 600 to 700. We’re working in our four different BABIC quadrants. We’re going to be sweeping all the streets and by sweeping, I mean we’ll be literally on every street and collecting all material that’s out there. We’re going to be focusing on the southwest zone first and then move to the Tuesday zone from there and the Thursday zone and the Friday zone accordingly,” said Travis Swizter, assistant director of Public Services.
Residents are still asked to request pick up service by calling 972-744-4111 or by using the MyRichardson app on a smart phone. You can also request a pickup on online at www.cor.net/babic
Trash and recycling service may also be impacted in some neighborhoods. If it is your normal trash day and it is not picked up, leave it out and crews will pick it up the following day.
Cottonwood Park remains closed while crews with Richardson’s Park and Recreation department work to clear all the debris and make the park safe for visitors. Richardson’s traffic crews are also working to fully restore signals, but there are a handful that remain on generators. Services at the Heights Recreation Center and Senior Center were also impacted due to power outages but power was restored late this morning and normal service should resume soon.
Updates on Oncor’s progress to restore power can be found at stormcenter.oncor.com. Oncor says crews continue to work around-the-clock on restoration efforts and that many electric facilities will have to be reconstructed. The company recommends that customers without power be prepared for a multi-day outage event.
Oncor has requested mutual assistance from utility partners across Texas and neighboring states, including CenterPoint Energy, Alabama Power and Mississippi Power. You may see these crews working to restore power in your neighborhood.
Workers may be going door to door in your neighborhood to offer repairs or cleanup work. If you need their services, our Office of Emergency Management personnel recommend you get more than one estimate for repairs and not prepay for services, materials, retainers or deposits.