Dallas County Government Offices and Courts Delayed Opening until 12:00 noon on Tuesday February 24, 2015

After convening a call with the National Weather Service and over 50 of our public and private partner agencies, I am delaying opening of Dallas County Government Offices and Courts tomorrow, Tuesday, February 24, 2015 until 12:00 noon.  My decision was made in my capacity as Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.  The decision is based in large part on the National Weather Service’s forecast of below freezing temperatures in Dallas County overnight which will likely result in a re freezing of precipitation on roadways and dangerous driving conditions in the early morning hours.  It is expected the icy conditions will return to a slush mixture by mid morning due to traffic on the roadways and that temperatures will creep above freezing after 1 p.m. tomorrow.  Please use extreme caution and allot extra time for travel.  Commissioner Court will be postponed until the afternoon and will convene at 3 p.m. tomorrow.
Although TxDot has treated most major highways, many secondary roads remain untreated.  In Dallas County, secondary roads carry significant traffic. Road treatment is ongoing and will continue throughout the event, but it will not be possible to treat all secondary routes and freeways may become icy despite pretreatment.

If you must drive tomorrow, please allot extra time and use extreme caution.  Carry an ice scraper, water, blankets and emergency items.  Our team at Homeland Security and Emergency Management and our first responder community will be on the job throughout the event to keep you safe.  Please help us by avoiding unnecessary travel and exercising precautions on icy surfaces.

Stay warm, dry and safe,

Clay Jenkins
Dallas County Judge

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Dallas County Government Offices and Courts Closed Monday

After convening a call with the National Weather Service and our public and private partner agencies, I am closing Dallas County Government Offices and Courts tomorrow, Monday, February 23, 2015. My decision is based in large part on the National Weather Service’s high confidence in Dallas County experiencing a significant severe weather event which is forecast to begin at approximately 6:00 am tomorrow.

Although TxDot has pretreated most major highways with a brine solution, many secondary roads remain untreated. In Dallas County, secondary roads carry significant traffic.  Road treatment is ongoing and will continue throughout the event but it will not be possible to treat all secondary routes.

If you must drive tomorrow, please allot extra time and use extreme caution.

Stay warm, dry and safe,

Clay Jenkins
Dallas County Judge

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BOPA Recycling (Batteries, Oil, latex Paint, Antifreeze)

What: BOPA Recycling Event (Batteries, Oil, latex Paint, and Antifreeze)

When: This Saturday, February14, 2015, from 8:00-11:00 a.m

Where: Texas A&M AgriLife Research & Extension Center, 17360 Coit, Dallas TX 75252

Who: Residents of the following cities are eligible to attend

 

Addison, Garland, Rowlett

Dallas, Highland Park, Sachse

DeSoto, Irving, Seagoville

Duncanville, Mesquite, Sunnyvale

Farmers Branch, Richardson, University Park

AND Unincorporated Dallas County

 

MORE: See the attachment for more details or call (214) 670-4475

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Inclement Weather Information for this Weekend

At 11:30am on Thursday, January 8th, County Judge Clay Jenkins, County Administrator Darryl Martin and officials from the Dallas County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management had a conference call with Dennis Cavanaugh of the National Weather Service.  Based on the most current weather information, it is not anticipated that there will be a need to deviate from normal Dallas County work hours this week.

There may be precipitation Friday morning between 6am-noon, such as light snow or sleet, but the NWS is not expecting significant accumulation. Skies will be clear in the afternoon with highs in the mid 30’s. The best chance for precipitation will be Saturday night after sunset through Sunday morning. Temperatures will be right around freezing and rain could freeze on contact. Please be careful when traveling over elevated surfaces, including bridges and overpasses. The rain should taper off Sunday and no additional precipitation is expected before Monday.

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