Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins Declares Local Disaster

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By NewsRadio 1080 KRLD

DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins has declared a local declaration of disaster following last night's severe weather.

Judge Jenkins says he's forwarded the declaration to Texas Governor Greg Abbott to speed up out of state resources in order to help Oncor with debris management and power line repair.

"I have signed a Local Declaration of Disaster and it has been forwarded to Governor Abbott. The situation has not worsened. The purpose of this declaration is to facilitate resource deployment. We are asking residents to please stay away from affected areas unless you must be there to protect your own safety and allow first responders to their jobs as quickly and safely as possible. If you must be in the area, stay away from downed power lines and realize that if you drive your car any distance you may run over debris that will puncture your tires and could lead to flat tires and blowouts so please drive carefully,” said Judge Jenkins.