Collin County storm cleanup update from Chris Hill

From Collin County Commissioner Chris Hill
I want to express my sincere gratitude to everyone who has been actively assisting in the recovery efforts. We opened the Collin County Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) in Farmersville TX yesterday, and the response has been tremendous. More than 140 volunteers registered at the resource center, and I’m aware of dozens more who have been helping families directly. Additionally, several construction companies volunteered personnel and heavy equipment to assist in the debris cleanup yesterday and today, which will continue throughout the weekend and next week. Our community has truly come together in a significant way to help those in need. As a direct result of the generosity of our community, we’ve been able to actively assist dozens of families affected by the storms.

Collin County to Pay Landfill Disposal Fees for Storm Debris

Collin County residents may bring debris from the December 26 storm to the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) landfill near Melissa free of charge, according to the schedule below. A current drivers license or utility bill is required to prove residency, and staff will be on hand to verify residency and that debris is storm-related. Residents will need to be prepared to unload the debris on their own.

Residents driving pick-ups with trailers will be allowed in at no charge. However, the NTMWD has determined that large flatbed trucks, box trucks, roll-off trucks, dump trucks and construction vehicles will not qualify for free dropoff, and will be required to pay the normal rate for disposal.

NTMWD Storm Recovery Free Hours
Saturday, January 2: 8am – 3pm
Monday, January 4 – Friday, January 8: 7am – 5pm
Saturday, January 9: 7am – 3pm *
Saturday, January 16: 7am – 3pm *

* Help will be available at the landfill on these days to unload debris


Storm Damage Map provided by County Commissioner Chris Hill

Tornado damage in Collin County TX

Photo by Chris Hill
Tornado – Collin County TX – Dec. 26, 2015 – Photo by Chris Hill

County Commissioner Chris Hill: “Spent the afternoon with County Judge Keith Self surveying the damage across Collin County. The National Weather Service confirmed that two tornadoes (an EF2 in Copeville and an EF0/1 in Blue Ridge) touched down last night, causing three fatalities in the county. Around 4:30 p.m. this afternoon, Judge Self officially authorized a disaster declaration for the county.

Hill said, “I’m proud of our North Texas communities that pull together in times like this. If you’d like to help, I encourage you to donate to First Baptist Church of Farmersville or Minuteman Disaster Response in McKinney.”


Collin County TX tornado - Photo by Chris Hill
Tornado – Collin County TX – Photo by Chris Hill
Collin County TX tornado - Photo by Chris Hill
Tornado – Collin County TX – Photo by Chris Hill


County Judge Keith Self: “I just returned from a tour of the areas struck by the tornados. Preliminary assessment is an EF-2 struck Copeville and north of Copeville and perhaps an EF-1 struck the Blue Ridge area. I signed a Disaster Declaration and sent it to the Governor. Our prayers are with those who lost loved ones. Our thanks are with the first responders who acted quickly to support our citizens.”

Chris Hill: Tomorrow at noon, we will activate the Collin County Disaster Resource Center, a multi-agency resource center providing coordinated assistance services to those in need. The Resource Center will be staged at the First Baptist Church of Farmersville (124 South Washington Street, Farmersville, Texas 75442).

If you or someone you know need assistance, this will be a central location for supplies, support services, and volunteers. Representatives from the county and state representative offices will be on-site as well.

This will also be a central location for anyone interested in providing resources or volunteering to help with clean up and recovery.

Please note that while some items are in short supply, other items have already been received in abundance. Before delivering supplies to the Resource Center, please contact the Collin County Emergency Management Department at 972-548-4383.

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