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Kaufman County Receives Heavy Storm Damage

Multiple sections of Kaufman County were on high alert Monday night, on April 4, as severe weather with extreme winds, hail and rain hit with vengeance. Once the storm passed, many were shocked to see the amount of damage left behind but were thankful that there were no reports of injury or death.

“I wouldn’t say we dodged a bullet because much damage was left behind,” said Steve Howie, Kaufman County Emergency Management Coordinator. “I would say, however, that everyone is thankful that there are no reports of loss of life or major injuries.”

Today, the National Weather Service and Texas Department of Emergency Management surveyed the damage and determined that the damage was caused by straight line winds and not a tornado.

Other tornadoes have been confirmed in Johnson County south of Fort Worth and in Collin County, northeast of Dallas.

“The severity of this storm was major, and it moved very quickly through the entire Dallas/Fort Worth region,” Howie said. “People had advanced warning of the storm as it approached, and I believe because of that, most were able to get to a safe place until it passed. The ability to see in the dark is lessened so it is difficult to determine the severity of the storm.”

Attached are some photos of the areas that suffered damage. Once the survey is completed, the report will be posted on the Kaufman County website at www.kaufmancounty.net.

Being Prepared for The Next Storm

The Kaufman County Office of Emergency Management reminds residents and businesses to be prepared for the next storm or disaster, because this is “just the beginning” of the severe weather season. To devise a plan for you and your family, please visit www.ready.gov and start by asking the questions below. Then, sit down and devise a plan TODAY and have it in place, and practiced before the next storm approaches. The www.ready.gov website offers great examples of emergency disaster planning, including all types of disasters, and the Kaufman County Office of Emergency Management is also ready and available to help.

  1. How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings?
  2. What is my shelter plan?
  3. What is my evacuation route?
  4. What is my family/household communication plan?
  5. Do I need to update my emergency preparedness kit?

For more information or help on creating your family’s Disaster Preparedness Plan, please contact Steve Howie, Kaufman County Emergency Management Coordinator, at steve.howie@kaufmancounty.net or call 469-376-4163.