Jenkins tweeted just before 5 p.m. Monday, “Based on preliminary damage estimates, I am declaring a state of emergency in Dallas County and asking state and federal help for affected individuals.” For each sort of aid, there are requirements that must be satisfied.
At damage.tdem.texas.gov , he requested that Dallas County citizens “report your harm.”
Jenkins also announced on Twitter a few hours earlier the first storm-related fatality in Dallas County.
He said, “A 60-year-old woman died when her car was washed away by flood waves. “Prayers for her husband and family are requested.”
According to the fire department’s report, the woman’s body was found inside a car under a bridge in Mesquite, the scene of that death. Reporters were informed by fire officials that her automobile might have been swept off a neighboring road.
“Even less than an inch of water on roadways can cause the loss of control of a car,” Jenkins cautioned in a tweet.
There were numerous water-related emergencies reported late on Sunday night and early on Monday.
In the period between 10 p.m. on Sunday to 11:30 a.m. on Monday, the Fort Worth Fire Department responded to 133 high water reports.
According to department spokesperson Craig Trojacek, a large portion of the calls were related to cars that stopped out or were washed away in the downpour.
We haven’t reached a particularly crucial moment yet, but right now, all hands are needed, according to Trojacek.
According to Dallas Fire-Rescue, as of around 8 a.m., they have responded to 141 water-related situations. On Monday, there were 96 high-water accidents, 40 water rescues without boats, and 5 boat-based water rescues. Videos shared multiple rescues on social media.
Many North Texas citizens were evicted from their houses due to flooding, including occupants in Dallas apartments and Balch Springs home owners.
Local governments and first responders in the metroplex were still battling the consequences of the heavy rain throughout the day.
The rain, according to Dallas Water Utilities, “sanitary sewer overflows in many places throughout the city” on Monday afternoon.
According to DWU Assistant Director Zachary Peoples, “None of the overflows of diluted wastewater have compromised the City’s water supply.”
However, within a half-mile of the spill sites, city officials warned residents who rely on wells for their drinking water to “use only water that has been distilled or boiled at a rolling boil for at least one minute for all personal uses including drinking, cooking, bathing, and teeth brushing.”
more than 450 flights in and out of DFW International Airport was delayed and at least 120 more flights were canceled due to weather. At least 60 were cancelled at Dallas Love Field. As the day went on, there were significantly less delays.
In the Dallas-Fort Worth region, there have also been reports of power disruptions. Oncor, a provider of energy, was still reporting as of 8:22 p.m. Monday that there were outages affecting 7,506 customers in Tarrant County and 1,337 customers in Dallas County.
Oncor’s Juan Reyes stated that crews had been working to restore power ever since the storms arrived Sunday night.
As he explained on Monday, “We did have crews pre-positioned ahead of the storm ready to perform the necessary repairs so they’re going to work as quickly and safely as possible.
According to the Texas Tribune, “the rainfall in some regions qualifies as a 1-in-1,000-year flood, meaning that it has a 0.1% probability of occurring in any given year.
In addition, The Tribune noted that “much of the Dallas-Fort Worth area recorded 6 to 10 inches of rainfall” and that “the east side of Dallas received 13 to 15 inches of rainfall during the past 24 hours, according to a reading from Dallas Water Utilities.”
Tuesday is forecast to see partly sunny skies with a 40% chance of thunderstorms in North Texas.