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Published on Monday, February 20, 2017

Mayor Taylor declares state of disaster

Contact: Leslie Garza, Director of Communications

Office: (210) 207-8448, Cell: (210) 269-2297, leslie.garza@sanantonio.gov

SAN ANTONIO (Feb. 20, 2017) – Mayor Ivy R. Taylor today issued a declaration of disaster after four tornadoes touched down in the San Antonio area on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017.

“I spent several hours today surveying the damage in different neighborhoods near the Quarry and was amazed to see roofs ripped off homes only to be found mangled in branches several doors down and 50-year old trees uprooted and toppled on tops of cars,” Mayor Taylor said. “Based on what I saw, I’ve issued a declaration of disaster as a first step in potentially securing state and federal resources.” 

The National Weather Service on Monday confirmed that three tornadoes touched down within the San Antonio city limits and another in the Garden Ridge area. Two of the tornadoes, one at Ridgeview/Alamo Heights and the other in the Northern Hills area, were declared EF-1 tornadoes with winds up to 105 miles per hour. The other two tornadoes, which touched down in Glen Heights and Schoenthal Ranch areas, were declared EF-0 with winds around 80 miles per hour. 

The American Red Cross has set up a shelter for families impacted at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 600 Oblate Dr.

SAPD will be increasing neighborhood patrols throughout the affected areas overnight to ensure safety and security of residents and their property. 

The Transportation and Capital Improvements, San Antonio Solid Waste Department and Parks and Recreation Department are continuing to provide debris pick up in the affected areas of 78209, 78216 and 78219. 

Anyone wanting to volunteer with the cleanup effort should call 311. The Office of Emergency Management has partnered with the San Antonio Food Bank to coordinate the volunteer effort.

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