Dallas County opening delayed until 10AM

After DISD made its decision to close Monday I conferred with leaders at NWS,DISD,TxDOT, my staff and county administration. Based on information received from those sources, I am amending my previous broadcast and ordering a delayed opening at 10 a.m. for Monday, March 3, 2014.

Employees should exercise extreme caution and their best judgement in traveling. TxDOT expects overall conditions on area roadways will be passable but speeds will likely need to be significantly reduced. Allow more time to travel tomorrow morning. We have reports of icy conditions in Southeast Dallas County that have resulted in several vehicles losing control. Patchy ice on secondary roads and overpasses throughout the county should be anticipated and ice on non secondary roads is possible.

The NWS is forecasting that further precipitation is unlikely tonight but precipitation on the roads after sundown will continue to freeze due to the very low temperatures. Primary issues in several decisions to close schools were extremely cold wind chills in the morning and early morning employee travel into Dallas County from the surrounding counties. DISD and others are opening their administrative offices at 10.

TxDot and others will continue to monitor and sand the roads. Temperatures are expected to remain below freezing until tomorrow afternoon and therefore icy conditions could remain; particularly on neighborhood and secondary streets. There is also a possibility ice will form on some overpasses and non secondary roadways. Please use appropriate caution when driving.

Our team at Homeland Security and Emergency Management is committed to keeping you safe and informed. We will continue to monitor the weather throughout the night and update you as appropriate.

Sincerely,

Clay Jenkins

Dallas County Judge

[Dallas County Residents Eligible For Federal Disaster Loan Through the Small Business Association, From May 2013 Severe Weather]

[Dallas, TX] – [This is an advisory to inform residents of Dallas County, that anyone who lives in Dallas County who owns property (as a primary residence) or a business in areas affected by the severe weather that occurred May 15, 2013,  are eligible for a Disaster Assistance Loan through the SBA. If you fit the criteria, you are urged to call or visit any of the three outreach centers (Ellis County, Johnson County and Hood County) in the press release below. You may also call the SBA’s Customer Service 800 line or email them for a Disaster Loan Application Form and information.  See bottom of the press release below for contact details.]
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Dallas County Emergency Preparedness

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Winter Weather

Winters in Dallas County can mean a variety of fluctuating conditions which can include snow or subfreezing temperatures as well as strong winds or even ice or heavy rain storms. Winter weather can affect heat, power and communications services. Because we maintain a normal temperate climate, residents can be caught off guard when severe winter weather hits.

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Tornado Prep Tips

There’s a significant threat of dangerous storms over the next two days. This is the time to think about what you will do to keep you and your family safe!!

Based on recent experiences and lessons learned from other severe weather events, here are some things to think about as you prepare for tornadoes and severe thunderstorms:

Pay Attention!!

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