A local state of disaster has been declared in Richardson, according to a news release.

Richardson Mayor Bob Dubey signed the disaster declaration May 29 because of extensive damage caused by storms early May 28. It follows Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins' May 28 disaster declaration.

The overview

Per the news release, the Richardson disaster declaration is intended to help the community recover from the severe weather through means such as the creation of a timeline for debris cleanup. In the first three days of the plan, city work crews are attempting to clear all roads, starting with those near critical infrastructure, and moving debris to the curb.

Following that, officials anticipate removing debris from curbs starting over the weekend. Residents are encouraged to assist with debris removal by placing debris between the sidewalk and street, not placing debris near utility boxes or fire hydrants, and not bagging debris.

Starting June 3, debris pickup will begin, per the news release, and it is likely to last between four and six weeks.

Digging deeper

Widespread power outages are still being reported across North Texas early May 30 with over 140,000 individuals still without electricity, per Oncor's outage map. According to the news release, about 25% of electric customers in Richardson were without power as of 5 p.m. May 28.

To provide resources to residents, the city is operating cooling centers at the following locations:
  • Richardson Police Department, 200 N. Greenville Ave.
  • Richardson Public Library, 2360 Campbell Creek Blvd., Ste. 500
  • Heights Recreation Center, 711 W. Arapaho Road
  • Huffhines Recreation Center, 200 N. Plano Road
  • Richardson Senior Center, 820 W. Arapaho Road
The police department cooling center is available 24 hours per day while the other cooling stations are open during regular business hours. Local nonprofit Network of Community Ministries, which is located at 1500 International Parkway, Ste. 300, is also operating a disaster recovery center to provide food, clothing and connections to financial or volunteer resources to assist with recovery.

What else?

City officials are urging residents with storm damage to report it to the Texas Division of Emergency Management.

For more information, visit the city’s severe weather webpage.