Tallahassee Cleans Up from Severe Weather

Tallahassee Storm Cleanup
Posted at 5:05 PM, Jan 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-23 15:00:13-05

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) -- For some residents, Sunday's storm was worse than Hurricane Hermine.

City officials say they've learned lessons from Hermine, but residents say waiting for help has been frustrating.

The storm left several neighborhoods in the Capital City a mess.

"Hermine was nothing in comparison to the tree damage," said Keith Barousse, who lives on Teal Lane.

"Actually, a few more trees down," said neighbor Thomas Hahn. "One girl down the street lost her car, it looks like. Helped her tape up the window."

Residents on Teal Lane lost power Sunday afternoon. They said they understand the city is working hard to restore service, but it's taken longer than expected.

"They're raving about 20,000 more got turned on, and we can't get to the other ones until daybreak," Hahn said. "Well, it's afternoon now, and daybreak has been a while -- and still, nobody's here."

"I don't feel slighted," Barousse said. "I just feel that I would like to have my electricity back on!"

The strong winds brought down several power lines in that neighborhood, including one that was replaced right after Hurricane Hermine.

Over on Egret Lane, crews worked on fixing broken poles and lines. Mayor Andrew Gillum says the city got outside help faster this time around.

"Mobilized those folks, and now they're here out working on our system to try to get our community back up and restored to 100 as soon as possible," Gillum said, adding communication was key.

The city's office of communication sent texts and emails, while city commissioners posted updates on social media -- sharing information as often as possible.

"There's no such thing as over-communicating, because we may think we're doing it a lot," Gillum said, "but if you're the customer, you want to know as much as you can as often as you can as consistently as you can."