City of Abilene establishes curfew to protect storm-affected neighborhoods

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ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – The City of Abilene has established a curfew for storm-affected neighborhoods.

During an emergency meeting Sunday morning, council members voted unanimously to enact a curfew of 8:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. for four different areas of town.

The areas, which are all just north of S. 7th Street besides one small area between Waldemar Street and Fairmont Street by Dyess AFB, are all neighborhoods that sustained heavy damage when a severe storm that possibly produced a tornado moved through Abilene early Saturday morning. 

Now that the curfew is in place, police will be able to stop citizens in these affected areas after-hours.

The City hopes this will protect items inside several homes which have been deemed uninhabitable due to severe damage.

The curfew will remain in place alongside a disaster declaration, which was issued Saturday and will expire in 7 days unless renewed by City Council. 

Police also plan to increase their presence in the affected areas at all times of the day. They’re creating a special squad that will be assigned to these areas and there are already patrol officers stationed in certain neighborhoods, as well as other officers roaming the streets. 

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