Relief and clean-up efforts are continuing for those recovering from the Dec. 26 tornadoes in eastern Collin County.
Collin County's emergency management staff is coordinating efforts to help remove large amounts of debris to the Melissa landfill, owned by the North Texas Municipal Water District. Collin County does not have a rural trash pickup service in place, and cannot clear debris on private land, but officials here have been working with local volunteers and businesses who have pitched in to haul large piles of debris to the landfill -- and continue to do so. The county is also paying dump fees for rural residents.
For storm victims who need assistance, county officials ask that they contact our emergency management department -- 972-548-4383 -- and the staff will work to get help, whether that be with volunteer clean-up crews, heavy debris removal, or other needs.
Since last week, the Collin County Disaster Relief Center in Farmersville worked with almost 70 of the 125 residents and businesses identified as having been affected by the Dec. 26 tornado, and helped organize hundreds of volunteers who showed up in recovery and debris removal efforts. The center, staffed by local and state agencies, as well as volunteer relief organizations, closed down for the weekend as activity slowed while many victims waited for insurance estimates on property damage and loss, slowing the need for immediate help for the time being.