As of today Somervell County is under a burn ban.
As of today Somervell County is under a burn ban.
From Texas New Mexico Power:
GLEN ROSE/RAINBOW/NEMO -
UPDATE @ 1:05 pm - We have seen significant progress in repairs to our transmission system. Customers in the area may begin to see some service restored as early as 2:00 p.m. However, some customers will remain without power as we continue to repair our distribution system. In some cases, customers may remain without service until our original estimated time of 5:00 p.m.
***REMINDER*** please stay clear of ALL power lines. If you come across downed power lines DO NOT try to move them, DO NOT drive over them, and DO NOT walk up to them. TNMP crews are out repairing lines as quickly as possible.
Another multi-fatality crash. Heartbreaking, frustrating and concerning for all citizens. As a Safety Education Officer, I spend countless hours
FM 56 is back open
Hwy 56 north of the Somervell County line is closed in Hood County due to a lightening strike on condensate tanks. Seek alternate routes...
Somervell County Emergency Management
COUNTY-WIDE BAN ON THE USE OF FIREWORKS IN IMMEDIATE EFFECT- By Order of Somervell County Judge Danny Chambers
Due to the extreme drought conditions and the sudden rise of the Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI avg 591), Somervell County Judge Danny Chambers has joined the long list of surrounding county judges by issuing a "Disaster Declaration" under Texas Government Code 418.108, banning the use of all fireworks in Somervell County for 60 hours (until Saturday). To be renewed after that, it will take the concurrence of Governor Abbott.
Call the sheriff's office at 254-897-2242 to report illegal fireworks use. Violators face a $500 fine or face jail under certain conditions.
This order does not ban the Fireworks Show at the reservoir Wednesday night, Chambers said.
This DOES NOT prevent the fireworks dealers from selling fireworks . . . it only bans the USE of fireworks county wide. The USE of fireworks in the City of Glen Rose is always prohibited.
Somervell County Emergency Management
BURN BAN IN EFFECT
Somervell County Sheriff's Office
Several months ago Somervell County Sheriff's Office Captain, Mike Gilbert and Records - Property Clerk, Katy Linnabery began working on a plan to honor the memory of fallen Texas Game Warden Tyran "Ty" Patterson.
On May 30, 2007 Game Warden Patterson and his partner, Game Warden, Danny Tuggle were attempting a swift water rescue in an effort to recover the body of a drowning victim on the Paluxy River in Glen Rose. During the recovery attempt Game Warden Patterson lost his life by drowning, but not before he was able to save the life of partner Game Warden Tuggle. Ty was 28 years old.
Initially Gilbert and Linnabery had planned to honor Ty with Gilbert walking the length of Somervell County with Linnabery working in support of the walk. The plan was to raise awareness of the ultimate sacrifice made by Game Warden Patterson. They named their plan, "Blue 6 Walk".
The plan was altered because they felt that others should have the opportunity to pay tribute and participate in the walk too. When told of the plan, Sheriff Alan West and Chief Deputy Dwayne Griffin immediately vowed to make the walk with Gilbert, in Ty's memory.
On Friday May 25 at about 7 a.m., they will begin the walk on FM 56 at the Hood - Somervell County Line and proceed south, through Glen Rose and ending on Hwy. 144 at the Somervell - Bosque County Line. There is no time limit planned for the walk, only to finish what we start.
The walk is a non-profit event and no donations will be solicited or accepted by, "Blue 6 Walk". Our solitary goal is to increase the memory while paying homage to our Brother in Blue, Ty Patterson, may he live in our hearts and memories forever.
Anyone is welcome to participate in the walk and participants are strongly urged to think safety first during the walk.
The Somervell County Sheriff's Office has partnered with Blue 6 Walk in this venture and plan similar memorial walks in the future.
Somervell County Sheriff's Office
Come one, come all to the second annual Guns & Hoses Softball Tournament! We welcome everyone to the Glen Rose High School Softball Field as we have a friendly “battle of the badges” on May 12th. Don’t miss this opportunity to support your first responders!
Drowning Doesn't Look Like Drowning
Mention drowning and we all tend to envision a person in the water waving his hands, splashing and screaming for help. That’s not even remotely close to what a drowning person looks like, writes Mario Vittone in this week’s Lifelines: Safety And Rescue At Sea blog.
NWS has also issued a red flag warning for today. Be careful with all outdoor activities. Burn Ban also remains in effect.
The National Weather Service issued the following warning for Somervell County: FIRE WEATHER WATCH FROM WEDNESDAY MORNING THROUGH WEDNESDAY
EVENING FOR CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER Conditions. Any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly. Outdoor burning is prohibited due to a county wide burn ban.
Somervell County Commissioners court has implemented a 90 day burn ban. Conditions are very hazardous for outdoor burning. The National Weather Service is issuing an Extreme High Fire Danger Alert for Wednesday. No outdoor burning for 90 days or until the burn ban is lifted.
Receiving reports of the Brazos River Bridge beginning to ice over. Please be careful if you must travel today and tonight...
Somervell County Fire Department, Emergency Management and Sheriff's Office responded to a call for mutual aid from Erath County. Erath County had a large wildfire moving toward Somervell County in which multiple agencies were called and assisted. Three units from the Sheriff’s Office and six units from the Fire Department responded and made a defensive stand and stopped the fire before entering Somervell County. A great job by all involved.
Somervell County Emergency Management's cover photo
The hot days are beginning to dry out the grasses and trees. Please be very careful with controlled burns!! The fire department is beginning to make daily runs on grass fires due to the heat and low humidity. Thank you!
As of 6-6-2017 at 2pm, the Brazos River Authority is releasing 8,700 CFS from lake Granbury. Please watch for fast rising waters around the Brazos River.
If you saw the news tonight about texting 911, and are curious, that service is available in Somervell County.
At noon today we responded to a vehicle accident on the steel bridge Hwy 67 east of Glen Rose. There was major structural damage to the bridge as a result of the accident. The steel bridge has been closed while the State inspection team does a complete inspection of the stability of the bridge. We are currently being told the bridge could remain closed for the next six to twelve months while repairs are being made. Please use caution when traveling through this area as the traffic patterns may change depending on the type of work being performed.
AT&T has reported a cut fiber optic line is the cause of the down phone lines. Crews are enroute to repair it now. Unknown at this time where the cut line is located or how long the repairs will take.
Our 911 system in Somervell County is currently down. In the event of an emergency, your 911 call will still be answered but through another county 911 dispatch center. We will respond to your emergency during this process. We will notify you when our system is fully operational. Thank you
Flash Flood Warning for...
Southwestern Somervell County in north central Texas...
North central Hamilton County in central Texas...
Southeastern Erath County in north central Texas...
Northwestern Bosque County in central Texas...
* Until 1000 PM CDT.
* At 654 PM CDT, Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing
heavy rain across the warned area. Up to two inches of rain have
already fallen. This rainfall will lead to excessive water runoff
and cause flash flooding. Low-lying areas are most vulnerable to
rapidly rising water. Some low-water crossings may flood and become
* Some locations that will experience flooding include...
Hico and Iredell.
Additional rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches of rain are possible in
the warned area.
Turn around, don't drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood
deaths occur in vehicles.
Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will cause flooding of small
creeks and streams, country roads, farmland, and other low lying
This training is open to the public. Come to the Somervell County Fire Station Monday March 27 at 6:30pm.
SKYWARN Training Open to the Public-
Monday Evening at the Fire Station; 6:30 PM
What is SKYWARN®?
The effects of severe weather are felt every year by many Americans. To obtain critical weather information, NOAA's National Weather Service (NWS), part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, established SKYWARN® with partner organizations. SKYWARN® is a volunteer program with between 350,000 and 400,000 trained severe weather spotters. These volunteers help keep their local communities safe by providing timely and accurate reports of severe weather to the National Weather Service.
Although SKYWARN® spotters provide essential information for all types of weather hazards, the main responsibility of a SKYWARN® spotter is to identify and describe severe local storms. In the average year, 10,000 severe thunderstorms, 5,000 floods and more than 1,000 tornadoes occur across the United States. These events threatened lives and property.
Since the program started in the 1970s, the information provided by SKYWARN® spotters, coupled with Doppler radar technology, improved satellite and other data, has enabled NWS to issue more timely and accurate warnings for tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and flash floods.
SKYWARN® storm spotters are part of the ranks of citizens who form the Nation's first line of defense against severe weather. There can be no finer reward than to know that their efforts have given communities the precious gift of time--seconds and minutes that can help save lives.
Who is Eligible?
NWS encourages anyone with an interest in public service and access to communication, such HAM radio, to join the SKYWARN® program. Volunteers include police and fire personnel, dispatchers, EMS workers, public utility workers and other concerned private citizens. Individuals affiliated with hospitals, schools, churches, nursing homes or who have a responsibility for protecting others are also encouraged to become a spotter.
How Can I Get Involved?
NWS has 122 local Weather Forecast Offices, each with a Warning Coordination Meteorologist, who is responsible for administering the SKYWARN® program in their local area. Find a class in your area: Training is free and typically last about 2 hours. You'll learn:
Basics of thunderstorm development
Fundamentals of storm structure
Identifying potential severe weather features
Information to report
How to report information
Basic severe weather safety
The area affected by the spill has been reopened and is safe to return to your residence.
Lots of calls about the burn ban... The burn ban remains in place. Our KBDI is still too high to resend the burn ban at this time. We continue to monitor the situation
Somervell County has implemented a burn ban starting immediately and effective for the next 90 days unless conditions improve. Please be careful with all outdoor activities.
Our KBDI (drought index) is approaching the extreme fire danger level. Please be careful with all outdoor activities. Please curtail any outdoor burning until conditions get better.
6-2-2016....10:45pm......This is a message for the residents along the Paluxy River. Due to the current rains in the Paluxy River water shed, the Paluxy River will continue to rise. Please monitor the river during the night. Our Emergency Management and Sheriff’s Department will also continue to monitor the situation. Again please monitor the rise of the Paluxy River for possible flooding. Thank you.
CPNPP will be conducting the monthly test today on the outdoor warning sirens. The test was scheduled for last week but was postponed due to the bad weather.
At 8pm BRA began releasing 35,100 cfs from Lake Granbury. Watch for fast rising water on the Brazos river!
A question was asked about the outdoor warning system in Somervell County. Comanche Peak owns and maintains the system which is operated in the dispatch center here at the Sheriff's Department. Somervell County has 32 sirens located thoughout the county. This is strictly an outdoor warning system and is not intended on being heard inside your home. The system will sound in the event of an emergency in the area and if it is an emergency involving Comanche Peak you should tune your radio to WBAP 820AM for further instructions. Somervell County uses an emergency call system called CodeRed which is utilized in emergency situations also. Please see additional posts on this page about registering your cell phone in our CodeRed system.
CodeRED is a FREE emergency notification service provided to all residents within Somervell County that will notify you of emergency information through phone calls, text messages, emails and social media. The system will be used to keep you informed of local events that may immediately impact your safety. As a local resident, Somervell County department of emergency management encourages you to take action and register your cell phone for this service and verify your home location during the enrollment process so we may target notifications that directly impact your home or business.
• Missing Children
• Emergency Preparedness
• Emergency Evacuation Notices
• Public Health Crisis
• Criminal Activity
ENROLL TODAY! Visit www.co.somervell.tx.us and click the CodeRED icon at the bottom left of the page
As you know there have been several cases of the Zika virus reported in the State of Texas. The following measures were suggested by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to implement around your home to help prevent mosquito breeding:
*At least weekly empty or get rid of cans, buckets, old tires, pots, plant saucers and other containers that hold water
*Keep gutters clear of debris and standing water
*Remove standing water around structures and flat roofs
*Change water in pet dishes daily
*Rinse and scrub vases and other indoor water containers weekly
*Change water in wading pools and bird baths several times a week
*Maintain backyard pools and hot tubs
*Cover trash containers
*Water lawns and gardens carefully so water does not stand for several days
*Screen rain barrels and openings to water tanks or cisterns
*Treat front and back door areas of homes with residual insecticides if mosquitoes are abundant nearby
*If mesquito problems persist, consider pesticide applications for vegitation around the home.
Also to prevent contracting the disease, DSHS has the following recommendations for individuals:
*Wear insect repellent
*Cover up with long sleeved shirts and long pants
*Keep mosquitoes out with air conditioning or intact window screens
*Limit outdoor activities during peak mosquito times.
Additional information about the Zika virus may be found at www.TexasZika.org.
Zika virus is primarily spread to people through mosquito bites. Rarely, the virus is spread from mother to child. Spread of the virus through blood transfusion and sexual contact has also been reported.
The Insurance Standard Office has just released the new fire protection rating for the city and county. The old rating was a 5/5 and our new rating dropped to a 3/3. This is an excellent rating for a combination fire department, putting us in the top 18% of fire departments in the state of Texas! This new rating has been achieved through work that had begun as early as 2011. With the addition of new fire apparatus, a rigorous training program for our firefighters, water supply and fire hydrants placed throughout the county by the Somervell County Water District, inspection programs and fire prevention programs, we have been able to lower our protection class. This is good news for all County residents because on average it will lower home owners insurance rates $400 a year. This savings equals a little over one million dollars to the residents of Somervell County per year. When the new rating is finalized home owners will need to contact thier respective insurers to have the new rates applied to your residence. Please share and re-post for all Somervell County residents..... Thank you!
Comanche Peak will be conducting siren tests from now until mid April. These tests will operate different sirens throughout the county on Mondays and Wednesdays with short 5 second bursts to the siren to make sure they are operating properly. These 5 second tests are refered to as "quiet tests", however, if close enough you may hear a short sound emanate from the siren. A longer 30 second test will still be conducted every first Moday at noon.
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