Dallas County declares local disaster from storms

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Associated Press

Posted on April 5, 2012 at 3:31 PM

DALLAS (AP) — Dallas County officials have declared a local disaster following a tornado that damaged or destroyed about 300 homes and businesses.

County Judge Clay Jenkins has asked Gov. Rick Perry to authorize government disaster assistance from Tuesday's storms in Lancaster (LAYN'-kuh-stur). Perry on Thursday was touring some of the devastated areas.

Jenkins, who signed the declaration Wednesday night, estimates road and bridge damage to Dallas County will exceed $1 million.

Dallas-based Oncor (ON'-kor) on Thursday reported about 700 customers still without electricity as utility crews worked to restore power.

More than 320 American Airlines and American Eagle flights were canceled Tuesday at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. Dozens of planes were still being inspected for possible storm damage.

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