A quick severe thunderstorm put a hamper on the clean up effort on Wednesday throughout Tyler after Tuesday night's storms pushed through and caused damage to homes and business in the city. Although the storm caused significant property damage in the Azalea District, Mid-Town and the Hospital District, only minor injuries were reported after a tree fell on the driver of a car near the intersection of South Donnybrook Avenue and Troup Highway.

Emergency services responded to about 90 calls. About 60 downed power lines and 14 structures with trees on top of them were reported.

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The City Of Tyler reports that the streets department has received about 90 reports of downed trees. About half of them have been cleared from the roadways. The others cannot be removed until Oncor assesses the downed power lines tangled in the trees. crews began working at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday and worked through the night. The department estimates it taking up to two weeks to get all the limbs, trees and other debris cleared from the roadways and rights-of-way.

Residents should avoid unnecessary travel in these areas as crews work to remove downed trees and clear roadways.

South Chilton Avenue and West 4th and 5th Street
South Chilton Avenue and West 4th and 5th Street
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The intersections of South Chilton Avenue and West 4th and 5th Street remain closed due to downed trees and power lines. Eastbound traffic will detour to South Robertson Avenue, Sunnybrook Drive, Old Jacksonville Highway and South Broadway Avenue before returning to East Fifth Street. Westbound traffic will detour to South Broadway Avenue, Old Jacksonville Highway, Sunnybrook Drive, and South Vine Avenue before returning to East Fourth Street.  

Troup Highway and South Donnybrook Avenue
Troup Highway and South Donnybrook Avenue
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Southbound traffic on South Donnybrook Avenue will detour to East Ninth Street, South Wall Avenue, Troupe Highway, New Copeland Road, East Seagal Street and back to South Donnybrook Avenue. Northbound traffic will detour to East Seagal Street, New Copeland Road, South Wall Avenue, East Ninth Street and back to South Donnybrook Avenue.

Residents are asked to drive with caution, slow down and avoid areas where trees and power lines are down. Motorists are asked not to remove traffic cones placed across roadways due to safety concerns.

The Solid Waste Department will be doing free brush pickup due to storm damage.

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Customers can call (903) 531-1388 through Friday, April 22 to schedule a brush pickup. The department will issue a work order during the phone call. There will not be a specified day for the pickup. Customers can call (903) 531-1388 through Friday, April 22 to schedule a brush pickup. The department will issue a work order during the phone call. There will not be a specified day for the pickup. Customers are asked to be patient with the brush pickup due to trucks, personnel and resources being utilized by other City Departments to clear downed and uprooted trees from streets and right-of-way.

The Aftermath of Tuesday Night's (April 12) Severe Storms in Tyler

I took a moment to drive through the Azalea District, Bergfeld Park and Downtown area of Tyler to get pictures of the damage in the area.

One Tyler, TX Man Wants Historic Brick Streets Torn Up, All of Tyler Reacts

I've always enjoyed them, it's fun to say "on the brick streets" on the radio. Red Dirt BBQ & Music Festival is 25% cooler when it's on the brick streets of downtown Tyler as opposed to just downtown Tyler. On top of that it's something that helps set The Rose City apart from other towns.

But, I suppose if you live on them or have to drive down them daily it could get... umm.. bumpy? Look, I'm trying to stay neutral here, but it's hard to because I definitely have an opinion. How about we dive into what other folks had to say about the suggestion to tear them up.

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This 5 Bedroom, 5 Bathroom home has over 4,000 sq. feet of space with a big backyard!