Tree branch clean-up takes multiple days and extra helping hands after freeze in Hill Country

Branches can be taken to the Comal County Recycling Center until Feb 11

BULVERDE, Texas – The cold did not last long. However, the damage left behind is still leaving an impact.

Tree branches are littered across the hill country after ice from this week’s storm caused branches to break. Some of those branches struck power lines causing outages across Texas.

The Pedernales Electric Cooperative outage map shows crews are still working to restore the power North of Bulverde.

As the lights came back on, Bulverde homeowners like Jimmy Hayden say they were working around the clock to clean up the mess.

“There’s so much more damage involved. Especially understanding what the ice can do versus just the snow,” Hayden said. “The damage side of it has been, you know, a lot to deal with for sure.”

The Hayden family told KSAT they started their cleanup Thursday, adding that finding the right equipment was the first challenge as stores were low on tree trimmers and chainsaws.

“It was like a madhouse. There were people everywhere, and luckily me and [my son] got to pick up the last two that they had on the shelves,” Hayden said.

Tree branches can be brought to the Comal County Recycling Center, which is a temporary, no-cost drop-off station open now until next Saturday, Feb. 11.


About the Authors

Gavin Nesbitt is a photojournalist and video editor who joined KSAT in September 2021. He has traveled across the great state of Texas to film, conduct interviews and edit many major news stories, including the White Settlement church shooting, Hurricane Hanna, 2020 presidential campaigns, Texas border coverage and the Spurs.

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