Dallas County Judge Jenkins Provides Severe Weather Damage Update

For Immediate Release
December 27, 2015

Dallas County Judge Jenkins Provides Severe Weather Damage Update

DALLAS, Texas —The National Weather Service has preliminary confirmed a EF3 tornado went through Rowlett and a EF4 tornado went through Garland yesterday evening. We are beginning to get preliminary damage reports from across the county.

In Sunnyvale, a RV park had approximately 63 structures with some level of damage. In Glenn Heights, approximately 116 structures have been damaged, with 29 homes with major damage. In Rowlett, there may be as many as 600 homes with damage. Please note these numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Assessments are ongoing but have been delayed due to the continued rain.

Due to downed power lines, damaged structures and debris, we are encouraging people to avoid any affected areas and let first responders do their jobs without interference.

In the City of Rowlett, a 24 hour curfew has been established for the affected areas. Only residents and emergency personnel will be allowed in those areas. For the safety of all responders and residents, please be respectful of this curfew.

“I am so proud of our first responders including the regular citizens who have helped their neighbors in DeSoto, Garland, Glenn Heights, Rowlett and Sunnyvale. With an increase in rainfall in the last 24 hours, flash flooding is still a threat so we encourage residents to stay home if you don’t have to be out tonight,” said County Judge Clay Jenkins.

Clay Jenkins, Dallas County Judge

Statement from Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins

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.”

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Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins

Texas Farmers and Ranchers Have Options for Disaster Assistance

Release date:  December 14, 2015
Release Number: DR-4245-TX-NR010


AUSTIN, Texas – When disasters such as the October severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding strike, farmers and ranchers may be eligible for assistance from several agencies and should apply today.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) may assist survivors who are farmers and ranchers with some immediate needs including:

  • Grants to pay for temporary housing and minor home repairs,
  • Grants to replace personal property, including clothing,
  • Grants to pay for serious immediate needs not covered by insurance.

Apply online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by phone (voice, 711 or relay service) at 800-621-3362. TTY users should call 800-462-7585. The toll-free lines are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.

For more information, please visit: www.fema.gov.

FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers Now Open through July 11th

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.