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The City of Paris made a switch Monday afternoon and is asking residents to take their brushy storm debris to the sports complex adjacent to Love Civic Center, NOT to the Red River Valley Fairgrounds.
That created some confusion, because earlier in the day Paris Police Chief Bob Hundley mentioned “an earlier erroneous report” to take storm debris to the civic center. The place to take broken tree limbs and other debris, he said, was the east side of the fairgrounds, in the 1500 block of North Fitzhugh Street.
“At the time the chief said that, the earlier report WAS erroneous,” said LaVonne Schepis, secretary for the city’s public works department.
“Then it got too muddy at the fairgrounds,” Schepis said.
“All brush should be taken (to the end of the road past the pavilion and concession stand) at the Sports Complex, 2005 S. Collegiate, due to muddy conditions at the temporary site at the 1500 Block of Fitzhugh,” she said.
Anyone with questions is encouraged to call 903.784.9289 with any questions.
“Residents only, no contractors,” officials said.
Storm debris can be dropped off from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. through the week and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, city officials said.
The city is working up a plan on picking up debris at the curbside, but nothing is definite yet, city officials say.
In a “Day Four Update,” Hundley said Monday that the number of power outages is starting to decline, “although you may actually lose power again as ONCOR continues the repair process. If that happens, hopefully it will be a very short time.”
Hundley said there is no truth to a report that the city is running out of water.
“The water treatment plant is on line and providing water, and there is no issue there. We have a very few sewer lift stations that are without power, and those situations are being addressed,” the police chief added.
Melting ice is expected throughout the day on Monday, followed by high temperatures in the 40s on Tuesday and Wednesday, Hundley said.
However, the Paris Police Department remains on emergency power, Hundley said, “and it’s getting a little chilly in here!”
By Charles Richards, eParisExtra