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Crews spend day cleaning up trees after heavy snow falls in Central Texas

Posted at 5:21 PM, Jan 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-11 18:27:21-05

WACO, TX — Snowfall in Texas left trees blocking many roadways, causing hazardous driving conditions for those around Waco.

Cameron Park, seeming to be hit the hardest, had many trees fall throughout the day Sunday and overnight.

"We started to receive calls around 11 a.m. on Sunday," Director of the Parks and Recreation Department, Jonathan Cook said.

These Texas trees didn't take too kindly and many blocked roadways, having parts of the park closed for nearly 24 hours.

Crews worked diligently the last two days and by noon the park was opening back up.

"I tell ya it seems our guys were a little excited to get out and do their job and get the park back open," Cook said.

Homeowners in the area were happy to see the city work so hard to keep them safe as the park opened quicker than expected.

"We're super grateful that they're working hard to clear the roads and get us back out again," Kimberly Batson said.

She says she heard cracking all throughout the night and knew there would be a lot of work to do in the morning.

"We knew there would be a lot of clean up and post-snow work. definitely not the best part about it," Batson said.

Even in her yard, branches from a big tree fell and luckily her neighbor came to clear the way.

"Our amazing neighbor, Sid, is going to help us clear off some of the branches that fell," Batson said.

The trees picked up today won't just be thrown out, but put to good use.

"We take them to the landfill, mulch them down and reuse them for mulch and it's just a constant back and forth for our crews today," Cook said.

The City of Waco Parks and Recreation say although the roads are clear of trees, there could still be lingering branches and ice on the roadways so it's important to still heed caution while driving around Cameron Park.