Dallas Facilities Made Respite Centers Amid Power Outages

City of Dallas Office of Emergency Management logo | Image by City of Dallas Office of Emergency Management/Facebook
City of Dallas Office of Emergency Management logo | Image by City of Dallas Office of Emergency Management/Facebook

The City of Dallas is offering shelter for residents impacted by the severe storm that rolled through the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex on May 28.

Tuesday’s storm, with winds of up to 80 miles per hour, left many Dallas residents without power, leading County Judge Clay Jenkins to issue a disaster declaration.

Oncor released a statement on Wednesday indicating that more than 650,000 power outages had been reported across the metroplex. Within 24 hours, Oncor had reportedly restored electrical service to more than 340,000 customers.

“We estimate that restoration will be substantially complete by Friday evening, weather permitting. Harder hit areas are expected to be restored Saturday,” the company said.

In the meantime, those who still do not have power can seek shelter and air conditioning at respite centers set up at various libraries and community centers throughout the city. The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) has compiled a list of the respite centers and their operating hours, which can be accessed here.

Oncor has reportedly brought in 5,000 extra personnel to help restore electrical services as quickly as possible.

“We recognize the hardships and inconveniences customers experience after severe storms like this one and remains focused on restoring power as quickly and safely as possible,” Oncor added in its statement.

Dallas officials are also asking residents impacted by the storm to participate in a voluntary online survey.

“The objective of this survey is to help state and local emergency management officials across Texas identify and gain an understanding of damages that have occurred during recent natural disaster activity,” the survey form states.

The data gathered will be used to guide recovery efforts, according to an X post by the City of Dallas OEM.

The survey asks about the type of damage incurred, the location, whether cleanup assistance is needed, and whether the home impacted is still liveable, as well as includes the option to upload images of the damage.

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