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City of Garland Tornado Relief Updates

More tornado recovery information is available on the 2015 Tornado Information webpage.

2:15 p.m. 12/30/2015:

GarlandISD is reaching out to students and families via their website and a phone bank. Meals, transportation and school uniforms are just of the many things storm victims may need as they return to work and school Jan. 4 and 5. Please help GISD locate locate impacted families in order to answer their questions and offer assistance. Visit www.garlandisd.net/gisdrecovers/ for more information.

 

12:30 p.m., 12/29/2015:

Cleanup efforts have begun in the City of Garland’s storm damaged areas.

Those who want to volunteer in the cleanup effort, donate goods and services, or if you are a storm-damage victim and need assistance, please register at garlandtx.recovers.org. There is a list of sites and the donations available on our Tornado Resources page.

Garland Police are reporting no reports of vandalism or looting in the storm-affected area. Police will continue to provide an increased presence in the area.

Garland Power and Light is reporting fewer than 1,000 customers without power and is working to have power restored to most customers who can safely receive electricity by the end of the day. Since the storm, Building Inspection has so far assessed 783 residential properties.  155 have been declared “Unsafe.”  81 have been classified as “Restricted Use”, and 547 have been deemed “Habitable.”  Exercise caution when entering damaged structures when removing personal items or while making repairs. 

The Garland Health Department is offering free tetanus shots at the City Public Health Clinic at 206 Carver Drive, Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.

Residents of Landmark Village West Apartments should contact Rebecca Swift at Landmark Lake Village North, 241 I-30 Frontage Rd., Garland, at 972-240-0170, as this complex is unsafe and off limits.

Ten animals have been rescued by Garland Animal Services and have been taken to the shelter at 600 Tower St., in Garland. Animal Services have crews in the area continuing the search for lost and injured pets. The American Red Cross continues to operate a shelter at Gale Fields Recreation Center at 1701 Dairy Rd. 

Tomorrow,   state and federal damage assessment teams will tour the storm-damaged areas to determine eligibility for additional disaster funding. 

Go to the City’s website at GarlandTx.gov or follow @garlandtxgov on Twitter for the latest updates.


5:37 p.m., 12-28-2015:

Garland Police have identified the eight people who were killed in the tornado that occurred on Saturday night. Investigators determined that all of the victims were in vehicles at the time the tornado struck.

  • 58-year-old Timothy Harris of Greenville
  • 42-year-old Sharva Monique Sanders of Fort Worth
  • 30-year-old Kimberly Lashorn Tippett of Garland
  • 1-year-old Kamryn Demetrius Crain of Garland
  • 32-year-old Lashondra Mildred Whitaker
  • 77-year-old Cecil Warren Lowrie of Garland
  • 27-year-old Petra Ruiz of Dallas
  • 19-year-old Jose Oviedo Juarez

 

4:37 p.m. 12/28/2015:  All residents, property owners and those with direct business in the impacted tornado area are now allowed access.  There will still be no access to the Landmark Village West Apartments located at 1044 E. I-30. Garland Police will continue to be in the area providing additional patrols.



2:15 p.m., 12-28-2015:

GP&L crews are working as safely as possible to get power restored. There are currently 14 crews in the field working on power restoration (10 GP&L crews, four contractor crews). Crews are concentrating on rebuilding the overhead line feeders which were in the path of the tornado.

Gale Fields Recreation Center (1701 Dairy Road) is open for shelter and is providing meals, water, hygeine products, showers and clothing.

If you need assistance or would like to aid those affected by the storm, register first at GarlandTxRecovers.org.

Anyone in need of donated items may pick them up at Lakeview Centennial High School (3505 Hayman Drive) or at Brandenburg Middle School (626 Nickens Road).

  

11:33 a.m., 12-28-2015:  Storm victims needing food, clothing or water can go to Lakeview Centennial High School, 3505 Hayman Dr., or Brandenburg Middle School, 626 Nickens Rd until 5 p.m. today.  We will post new locations tomorrow.  Also, those who have need, who want to donate goods or services, or want to volunteer, should register now at http://garlandtx.recovers.org.

 

10:05 a.m., 12/28/2015:   Residents of storm-damaged areas are being allowed limited access.  Proof of residency will be required to enter the area.  The Landmark Apartments are still off limits because of hazards.  Enter at Bobtown and Lyons or Bobtown and Barnes Bridge to gain access.

 

 

6:45 p.m., 12/27/2015

The initial search of areas impacted by the tornado have been concluded. No additional victims were found leaving the number of fatalities at eight.

Effective 7 p.m. tonight: Garland officials will be opening several areas.  

The opened area boundaries are:

South of I-30 and east of Peninsula Way

South of Locust Grove to include only the following streets

  • Deep Canyon Drive
  • Anchor Bay Drive
  • Greenbrook Drive
  • Kelso Lane 5200 – 5300
  • Blue Cove Drive
  • Anchor Cove Circle
  • Hollow Bend Lane
  • Hidden Court

Safety concerns that should be noted: 

  • Residents should be aware there is no power in these areas;
  • Areas opened for access to residents does not mean all hazards have been eliminated;
  • Large amounts of debris remain in the streets which could cause injury to persons or damage to vehicles;
  • At no time should residents go around any blocked portion of a roadway or fail to follow the direction of officers who are continuing to block off certain streets within the impacted area.

For the safety of residents, the area west of the opened area will remain closed. Heavy damage, the lack of power, the possibility of leaking gas lines and other hazards create a dangerous environment.

Mindful of safety in a disaster area, GP&L will have a limited number of crews working overnight. All crews will be onhand at daylight. Approximately 3,500 GP&L customers are still without power.

Also, thanks to your overwhelming generosity, the City of Garland can no longer accept donations collected at three GISD drop-off sites. We ask that if you have goods or services to donate, or if you would like to volunteer, please register at GarlandTx.Recovers.org

Go to the City’s website at GarlandTx.gov or follow @garlandtxgov on Twitter for the latest updates.

 


3:12 p.m., 12-27-2015:
Thanks to your overwhelming generosity, the City of Garland can no longer accept donations at three GISD drop-off sites. If you have goods or services to donate, or if you would like to volunteer, please register at GarlandTx.Recovers.org.


1:47 p.m., 12-27-2015: 

For the safety of residents, those who live in storm-damaged areas will not be allowed to return to their homes until search and rescue operations are completed. Please be patient. Crews are working diligently to complete the mission, but current weather conditions make it extremely difficult to estimate how long this will take.

Updates will be posted on the City website at GarlandTx.gov, and on the City’s Facebook page and Twitter Feed, (@garlandtxgov), and shared with DFW media outlets.

 

11:39 a.m., 12-27-2015:  Field metereologists from the National Weather Service have determined that damage is consistent with an EF-4 tornado. EF-4 events have a wind velocity between 166-200 mph, and make up less than 1% of all tornadic activity. This is the second EF-4 tornado in Dallas County since 1950.
 

10:16 a.m., 12-27-2015:  Currently, no specific need for volunteers wishing to help in the recovery effort has been indentified. If you or your group are interested in volunteering, register online at GarlandTx.Recovers.org.


9:28 a.m., 12-27-2015:  If you live in a storm-damaged area and you leave your neighborhood, you will not be able to return until natural gas leaks and downed power lines are secured. 


8:41 a.m., 12-27-2015: Search and Rescue efforts continue after the National Weather Service confirmed that a tornado struck approximately 6:45 p.m. Saturday in the southeast part of Garland.   
  
There have been eight confirmed fatalities due to the storm. There were 15 people transported by ambulance to local hospitals with various injuries, none that appeared to be life-threatening at the time of transport.

Dallas County Mutual Aid was requested for additional emergency personnel needed after the storm.

The American Red Cross is also assisting several families in need of shelter.

Officials are continuing this morning to check and clear structures as they assess the damage in the approximate 2-square-mile area. GP&L and ONCOR are working to restore power to a number of homes, apartments, and businesses in the affected area. Currently, there are approximately 3,000 customers without power. GP&L customers reporting an outage should call 972-205-3000. GP&L crews are continuing to work around the clock to repair damage and to restore service to affected customers.

Approximately 600 structures have been damaged in the storm. They include single-family, multifamily and commercial property. Single family homes account for the largest percentage of damage.

Garland Animal Services has been in the affected areas gathering pets separated from their owners. They have been taken to the City shelter at 600 Tower Street. Fees will be waived for released animals belonging to storm victims.
 
The Garland Police Department is requesting that people avoid storm-damaged areas as search-and-rescue efforts continue, including those who may wish to volunteer. "Volunteer Now" is coordinating future volunteer efforts. Go to VolNow.org or call 866-438-4636.
 
Go to GarlandTx.gov or follow @garlandtxgov on Twitter for the latest updates.


7:15 a.m. 12-27-2015:  There have been 8 confirmed fatalities due to the storm. There were 15 people transported by ambulance to local hospitals with various injuries, none that appeared to be life-threatening at the time of transport.

Dallas County Mutual Aid was requested for additional emergency personnel that was needed during the emergency after the storm.

The American Red Cross also assisted several families in need of shelter.

Officials are continuing this morning to check and clear structures as they assess the damage in the approximate 2-square-mile area. GP&L and ONCOR are working to restore power to a number of homes, apartments, and businesses in the affected area.

Approximately 600 structures have been damaged in the storm. They include single-family, multifamily and commercial property. Single family homes account for the largest percentage of damage.

Garland Animal Services has been in the affected areas gathering pets separated from their owners. They have been taken to the City shelter at 600 Tower Street. Fees will be waived for released animals belonging to storm victims.
 
The Garland Police Department is requesting that people avoid storm-damaged areas as search-and-rescue efforts continue, including those who may wish to volunteer.  There are no known needs currently. When volunteers are needed, the City of Garland will provide details on how to get involved in the recovery effort.


 
12 a.m., 12-27-2015:  GP&L is reporting approximately 3,000 customers without power. GP&L crews are working overnight on power restoration efforts.

The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado struck approximately 6:45 p.m. this evening in the southeast part of Garland.   
 
Five deaths have been confirmed. They are believed to be related to vehicles struck by the tornado at the area of SH 190 and I-30. 

Extensive damage has been reported to vehicles, homes, and apartments in the same area. USAR (Urban Search and Rescue) teams are arriving to provide mutual aid to the Garland Fire Department to search damaged areas.


Injuries have been reported, but there are no numbers or conditions to report at this time. 
Mayor Douglas Athas has declared a State of Emergency in Garland. County Judge Clay Jenkins has authorized assistance.

Go to the City website GarlandTx.gov or follow @garlandtxgov on Twitter for the latest updates.

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