GUN BARREL CITY–The Gun Barrel City Fire Department responded to 19 emergency calls for service Sunday, June 16, due to the severe thunderstorms with winds that were measured over 50 miles per hour.
The calls were for downed power lines that were sparking, along with trees and debris blocking the roadways. There was also a call for a family trapped in their residence in the 200 block of Longleaf when a tree fell on the front of the house. It took approximately an hour to remove the tree so the residents could safely exit from their residence.
The Fire Department also investigated the report of smoke at two businesses in the 1200 block of West Main from motors that were overheating due to the storm and power outages.
According to Gun Barrel City Fire Chief, Joseph Lindaman, “Most of the emergency calls came in at the same time as the storm impacted Gun Barrel City. In order to manage and prioritize the large volume of calls, the Fire Department implemented our Emergency Operations plan. Our operations plan divides the city in two with a Chief and several apparatus assigned to both the East side and West side of the city.”
Chief Lindaman continued, “I would like to thank the Gun Barrel City Police Dispatch for the excellent way they handled the high call volume and coordinated with the Fire Department Sunday night. GBC Police Dispatch also handled multiple requests for Oncor for power lines down and power outages at both commercial businesses and private residences. We were very fortunate Sunday night with all of the downed power lines that there were no injuries to civilians or first responders.”