FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 26, 2015
Statement from Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins
“Several cities in Dallas County have sustained damage tonight and damage is widespread throughout North Texas. Please stay home. Let our first responders do their jobs without interference. Flash flooding, downed power lines and other hazards will be present tonight. If you don’t have to be out, please help us by staying home. There are currently approximately 38,000 people in Dallas County without power down from 53,000 a few minutes ago and Oncor crews are working hard to restore the power as soon as possible to affected areas.”
Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins
DALLAS, Texas – While the first FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) for Dallas County opens in Garland today, homeowners, renters and business owners will soon have access to eight additional DRCs spread across Dallas County. These DRCs are opening as a result of the June 17, 2015 addition of Dallas County to President Obama’s disaster declaration for Texas regarding Individual Assistance due to severe storms and flooding in the month of May.
Click here for more information on the FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers.
After convening a call with the National Weather Service and several of our public and private partner agencies moments ago, Dallas County Government Offices and Courts will be open tomorrow, Friday, March 6, 2015. 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 without additional precipitation forecast for tonight or tomorrow. Road conditions may worsen this evening until sunrise tomorrow and morning conditions could be slow as accumulation remaining on the roads will likely refreeze in areas overnight. We expect tomorrow to be sunny with temperatures rising above freezing by 8:00 a.m. Road conditions should improve throughout the morning after sunrise as a combination of rising temperatures, road treatment and vehicle traffic melt any remaining Please allot extra time and use extra caution.
TxDot and NTTA efforts will focus on major highways and freeways. Some secondary roads will remain untreated and neighborhood streets, shady areas and little used roads will likely see greater problems with refreezing overnight. Road treatment is ongoing and will continue throughout the event, but it will not be possible to treat all secondary routes.Freeways and overpasses could be icy despite treatment.
If you must drive late tonight or early tomorrow morning, 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 or snowy surfaces.
Stay warm, dry and safe,
Dallas County Judge