Tree down

Denton resident Christina Bayer sits on a tree that collapsed on her apartment balcony Tuesday morning in the 3400 block of Fallmeadow Street.

When Christina Bayer’s son left to catch his school bus Wednesday morning, he left the family’s apartment and saw several tree branches on their second-floor balcony.

As he opened the door again to yell inside and let her know, the two large limbs from the tree collapsed next to the door, partially blocking the stairs to the apartment.

“I was frantic because I thought my child was hurt, then I walked outside and it nearly poked me in the eye,” she said. “If he would have been standing two steps to the right, it would have crashed right into him.”

While only 0.45 inches of rainfall fell in Denton, the storm’s heavy winds caused some damage in the area early Monday morning. There was also a structure fire near Oak Point in unincorporated territory, where lightning struck the roof and sparked an attic fire, said Jody Gonzalez, the county’s fire marshal and emergency management coordinator.

The rainfall over Denton County stopped county commissioners from ordering a burn ban Tuesday. Denton County Emergency Services had requested the commissioners approve the burn ban Tuesday, but Gonzalez said in Tuesday’s meeting that the rain has temporarily eliminated the need for the ban. He said the rain will keep Denton County out of a ban for at least a couple weeks.

While the morning storms brought some damage to Denton County, it also brought a cool front a day after temperatures reached 103 degrees — Monday was the hottest day recorded this year — with a heat index approaching 115.

Air conditioning problems troubled some Denton ISD campuses Monday, including Calhoun and Crownover middle schools.

Since school started, there have been roughly 300 air conditioning complaints filed by school personnel across the district, up about 50% from last August, said Julie Zwahr, spokeswoman for Denton ISD.

She said she couldn’t provide a list of impacted campuses because problems at the schools differ day-by-day. There are 16 schools slated to have their air conditioning systems replaced or renovated in the next year to 18 months, she said, which will help alleviate the problems.

Until then, the maintenance staff is dealing with issues as they arise and has added four additional technicians to help fix problems.

“The bottom line is if you’re uncomfortable in your classroom, we sincerely apologize and we’re trying to fix the problems — we’ve even brought in more help to try and address it,” she said. “We have a plan in place to make it happen.”

Cooler temperatures will continue over the next few days, according to the National Weather Service, with Wednesday seeing a high of 88 and a 60% percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. The rest of the week will see highs in the upper 80s to low 90s, with rain chances back in the forecast both Friday and Saturday.

JENNA DUNCAN can be reached at 940-566-6889 and via Twitter at @jennafduncan.

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