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.”

Media Contact:
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.

City of Dallas Approves Downtown Lane Closures on Monday, November 2 for Film Production

Tomorrow, November 2, (9:30am – 4:00pm) there will be a film production operating in Dealey Plaza.  The production is a film by Rob Reiner called “LBJ” starring Woody Harrelson.  The City of Dallas has approved road closures surrounding the area:  Elm Street at Market Street, Main Street at Market Street, and Houston at Elm Street.  Pedestrian traffic will be allowed to flow freely.  Click here for a map of the impacted streets.

For tomorrow, ALL employees and elected officials will be required to carry their county badges.  County facilities that will be impacted by the above mentioned lane closures, include:

Administration Building
−    Employees and the public will have vehicular access to the parking lot from Houston Street.
−    There will be “blank” ammunition fired in the Dealey Plaza area.  DPD will be onsite to monitor this work.

Records Building
−    The road closure on Elm Street will begin at Market Street.  At Market Street, one lane on Elm Street will be kept open to allow employees and the public access to the parking garage.  Record Street will remain open.  Past Record Street, all lanes will be blocked on Elm Street.
−    Main Street will be closed at Market Street and past Dealey Plaza.
−    Commerce Street will not be impacted.

The film production was scheduled to shoot on Sunday but work was cancelled due to inclement weather, hence, the late notice of the Monday road closures from the City of Dallas.  Click here for the notice.