June 12, 2019
Kingsville, TX – The city of Kingsville and Kleberg county have been partnering with surrounding cities, AEP Texas and non-profit groups during the recovery phase of strong storms June 6th that caused massive power outages and damage across the region. The National Weather Service determined the damage was created by a 90 mph downburst of winds.
AEP Texas restored power to all properties that could safely receive power on Sunday, June 9th.
City of Kingsville Public Works Crews received significant assistance from the city of Corpus Christi during the clean-up phase. To date, crews have collected an estimated 1,150 tons of brush. Corpus Christi Public Works assistance wrapped up midday today. The city of Kingsville will continue removing brush from residential areas and our brush drop off location is continuing operations at our ‘Trash Off’ location on 6th and Avenue B. Hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. The city of Falfurrias will assist Thursday, providing four dump trucks to help haul brush remaining in our residential areas. Residents can assist by separating debris and brush and placing it in the front of their homes and away from any fixed objects or meters. The city will not assist in removing debris. Residents can bring up to 300 pounds of debris per day to the City of Kingsville landfill, located at 348 E. County Road 2130.
Additionally, the city of Kingsville in partnership with Kleberg County is hosting an event facilitated by the American Red Cross to connect various assistance organizations with those most impacted by the storm. The Kingsville/Kleberg Multi-Service Center will open at the JK Northway Expo Center Friday June 14th and Saturday June 15th. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Approximately 300 clean up kits will also be distributed at the Kingsville/Kleberg Multi-Service Center.
American Red Cross teams are in the final stages of assessing damage, however, there may be circumstances in which storm damage was not visible to damage assessment teams from the public roadway. So far, Red Cross teams have opened 12 major damage cases and 30 affected cases. Anyone who believes their damage may be unreported or underreported is invited to visit the Kingsville/Kleberg Multi-Service Center to speak with American Red Cross Crews in person. They may also report damage to the American Red Cross by phone at (866) 526-8300, extension 3. If your organization would like to participate in the Kingsville/Kleberg Multi-Service Center, please contact Disaster Program Manager D’Ann Ross at (361) 563-5512.
Media may direct inquiries to Janine Reyes, City of Kingsville EOC PIO at (361) 455-5946.