By Robert Medley
Without the ice and freezing temperatures, the scene in central Yukon would look similar to the one on the first day of September.
There were older trees down all over Yukon’s central district this week after a late October ice storm. On the last day of August, it was a thunderstorm and a downward burst of wind that took down decades-old trees.
Stacks and stacks of firewood are soon to be made. And business for tree trimmers and landscapers will pick up once conditions are safe enough to get back to work.
Residents across Yukon have been sawing and hauling limbs and branches off vehicles, roofs and fences across the city.
David Swift, who lives near Oak Avenue and 4th Street, was surprised so many trees went down after it had just happened Aug. 31.
Yukon’s homes in the central district do no have underground power lines. Tree limbs landed on many lines. Lines also toppled from the weight of the ice as well.
Swift had no electricity Wednesday and Thursday, just like the first day of September after that storm.
“We’re losing power because trees have fallen on the power lines now and most all of downtown and the north side of Yukon, the power lines are above ground so it is knocking the transformers out,” Swift said.
Cleanup lasted weeks in September.
Swift owns Swift & Sons Remodeling. He also has a number of rental properties in Yukon.
“We’ll go around and do our own cleanup,” Swift said. “We have a bunch of rental properties, so as soon as it quits raining, we’ll be out working in this, getting it all cleaned up and cutting it up. We will be hauling it out by the streets.”
The Yukon City Council members in an emergency meeting Wednesday renewed a contract with Arbor Masters Tree Service for emergency tree debris removal citywide. There will be plenty of work on private property as well.
“A lot of our work right now for the next week or so will be cleaning up, fixing the power lines that have been ripped off the houses, stuff like that,” Swift said.
He said he owns about a dozen rental properties that sustained damage.
OG&E crews were stretched thin across central Oklahoma as trucks and workers mobilized in the area to restore widespread outages. Power lines from homes to poles that are in backyards are responsibility of the property owner to repair.
Swift said he expects tree trimmers and other crews to be busy in Yukon for weeks.
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