Thousands needed to repair storm damages

Commerce – The City of Commerce will incur approximately $23,000 in damages from a storm earlier this month when it's all said and done.

The estimate comes from Commerce Emergency Management Coordinator Steve Harrison, who gave the report during Tuesday's City Council meeting. All damages should be covered by insurance, according to Director of Administrative Services Marc Clayton, after a 2,500 deductable is paid.

Harrison also noted that Commerce Citizens collectively will owe about $68,000 in damages, three quarters of which are major damages.

City Park was significantly impacted, as a large tree fell and completely destroyed the park's pavilion. Along Monroe St., a tree was even uprooted, crushing a house.

The May 2 storm left thousands of people throughout the region without power, and nearly two days passed before power was restored for some Commerce residents.