Denton County issues Disaster Declaration

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The Flower Mound River Walk (photo courtesy of Natalie Vosburg)

Denton County Judge Andy Eads signed a Disaster Declaration and executive order Tuesday, as rolling power outages continue indefinitely amid bitterly cold conditions with another winter storm bearing down on North Texas.

The state of disaster is in effect for the next seven days unless canceled or renewed before it ends. It activates the Denton County Emergency Operations Plan, which has established emergency protective measures, mitigation procedure and emergency response plans. Further details about these plans were not immediately available.

The county is also closing all facilities for the rest of the week, due to the weather and outages. The county is working to help address utility shortages for its residents.

“We have requested additional assistance from the state, coordinated with cities to support water systems and talked with utility providers to determine the circumstances behind the ongoing outages,” Denton County Judge Andy Eads said. “It’s going to get worse before it gets better.”

A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for 6 p.m. Tuesday through 6 a.m. Thursday, as another round of snow is expected to dump about 4-6 more inches of snow on Denton County on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, according to the National Weather Service forecast.

Officials with ERCOT, Texas’ power grid operators, told state legislators Tuesday that they have no idea when the outages will end.

Click here for more information about the power outages, school closings, weather forecast and more weather-related news in southern Denton County.

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