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Lubbock cleans up after severe weather

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Across Lubbock many people woke up Tuesday to find damage left behind by yesterday's storm.

Trees were knocked onto homes and into the street, near 95th and Quaker a trampoline was sandwiched between two trees and tree trimming services were working around the clock to try and repair the damage.

Lubbock power companies worked through the night to restore service to affected customers.

"There was some damage to one of the poles that left about two hundred of our members without power for the better part of the night last night. Those repairs were being made because there was no way that we could re-route the power back to those members," said Lynn Simmons with South Plains Electric Cooperative, Inc. "These trees were taller than the power lines, so when the wind came and took the trees down that's what fell into the power lines and brought the power lines down and broke several poles."

Simmons says SPEC had about 1,200 members without power for a little under two hours Monday night. About 200 of those members didn't have power restored until Tuesday morning.

"We had about 35 linemen out here all night, working. They worked through the night," said Simmons. "Most of the members were back on by about 8 p.m. last night and then the rest of the members were back on by 6 a.m. this morning."

Randy Parsons lives in the area and witnessed the aftermath of the storm from his garage.

"I really couldn't believe it. We couldn't open our garage because we had no power when I first saw it. We could see out through the garage windows and it was completely covering our driveway from one fence to the other fence," he said. "We were watching TV until we lost power about 6:30 p.m. but we knew it was coming, we could see it coming from the west, and we were just watching to make sure nothing got really bad."

Parsons had his tree cleared by Tuesday afternoon, but many people across the South Plains also experienced flooding.

"We were pretty well spread out. We've had quite a bit of business all around town and we've still got calls coming in today for cleaning," said Rainbow International Restoration Co-owner Warren Johnson. "With times like this when we've gone a long time without any rain or any rainfall you get settling issues with homes and so cracks develop. We get leaks in roofs, windows and then rising water, we get water in homes."

Johnson says his crews were prepared even with the expected high demand.

"We were watching the weather a little bit in advance so we kind of knew what was coming and we had our crews ready to know, we knew it was coming we had our vans loaded up with equipment and everything cleaned up and ready to go so we were anticipating the storm and we were ready to go when it hit."

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