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Emergency Management :: Community Hazards

    1. Tornadoes
    2. Severe Thunderstorms/Hail/Lightning
    3. Flooding
    4. Hazardous Materials Incidents
    5. Winter Storms
    6. Wildfire
    7. Other Threats

Description of hazards

Piles of wood1. Tornadoes – Tornadoes are nature’s most violent storms. A tornado appears as a rotating, funnel-shaped cloud that extends from a thunderstorm to the ground with whirling winds that can reach 300 miles per hour. Arlington is located at the southern edge of Tornado Alley. A tornado struck Arlington in 1995 causing extensive damage to a hotel and surrounding businesses near I-30 and Collins. In March of 2000, an EF-3 tornado hit the southeast area of the city which resulted in full reconstruction of numerous homes and businesses. In April of 2012, a tornado damaged over 500 homes and businesses.


2. Severe Thunderstorms/Hail/Lightning
– Thunderstorms are a year round occurrence in Arlington, particularly in the spring and, to a lesser degree, in the fall. Associated dangers of thunderstorms include tornadoes, strong winds, hail and flash flooding. Every thunderstorm produces lightning and it continues to be one of the top three storm-related killers in the United States.


White house being flooded with water
3. Flooding
– Heavy rainfall in a short time span can lead to flash flooding throughout Arlington. Flash flooding is responsible for more fatalities than any other thunderstorm-related hazard. Communities around Johnson Creek, Village Creek, Rush Creek, and Lynn Creek are most susceptible to flood damage.


4. Hazardous Materials Incidents
– Arlington has a significant potential for hazardous materials incidents due to the nature of manufacturing facilities and the many transportation routes through the City. Transportation corridors include I-20, I-30, SH 360, Union Pacific and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway. I-20 is designated as a transportation corridor for interstate hazardous materials shipments. Ten major pipelines transit the City, carrying the entire spectrum of hydrocarbon products. There are numerous flammable liquid and gas storage facilities astride these pipelines.


A tree with no leaves 5. Winter Storms – Winter storms can range from moderate snow over a few hours to consecutive days of below-freezing temperatures with frozen precipitation. Winter storms can be accompanied by strong winds, icing, sleet, and freezing rain. Winter storms create mass power outages and dangerous driving conditions that can immobilize the entire city

Winter Weather Street Sanding & Preparedness

6. Wildfire – Wildfires are usually triggered by lightning or accidents. They spread quickly, igniting brush, trees, and homes. Although construction continues to reduce the amount of open spaces, wildfire remains a serious problem.

Damaged cracked ground


7. Others Threats – A comprehensive list of hazards are covered under the Arlington’s Emergency Operations Plan.

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