Windstorm Strikes Temple City, Causes Severe Power Outage

Residents of Temple City had to cope with lack of electricity and other utilities.

Written by JUSTIN LIN / Published December 9, 2011

A hurricane-like windstorm struck Temple City last week, forcing many households to lose electricity and internet access until early this week.

Winds gusting around 100 miles per hour knocked down power lines on Wednesday, November 30, leaving up to 85 percent homes without power.

Temple City was declared a disaster zone at on December 1. The designation allows Temple City to receive funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Fortunately, there have been no reported injuries, despite approximately 500 fallen trees and 4000 homes with sustained damage.

Schools were closed for two days, on December 1 and 2. All reopened on Monday despite the fact that Emperor and Cloverly Elementary schools were without power.

Residents of Temple City faced large problems such as rotting food from refrigerators, no light to do work or schoolwork by, and having pitch-black darkness by 5 P.M.

“[The windstorm] caused problems in the way that I was halfway writing an essay and when the power went off, it all got deleted,” said Freshman Caroline McKendrick. “Also, it caused problems by me not knowing what time it was. It took us three days to get our power back.”

However, not all residents viewed the lack of electricity with a negative outlook.

“Not having power affected my school work because I was unable to look up some information on the internet,” said Chang. “But I got to spend more time with my family and do a lot of things I like to do that I’ve been putting aside for a while.

The City provided a variety of assistance to those affected, including opening the Live Oak Park Community Center 24 hours daily for those to relax or work.

At City Hall, volunteers also distributed a variety of necessities for the residents, including ice, water, and flashlights. The parks, however, in Temple City, remain closed.



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