City News Briefs

May 22, 2015

Emergency Siren Activation was only a test

The siren activation that occurred in University Park at 11:10 a.m. Thursday, May 21 was a TEST. The activation was not related to severe weather or any other incident.

memorial day holiday closings

  • Friday, May 22 City Hall and the Peek Service Center will close for the day at 11 a.m. so that staff can participate in the annual Memorial Day Staff Picnic.  UP Public Library will be closed from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. so that staff can attend the picnic.
  • Monday, May 25 - City Hall and the Peek Service Center will be closed for  Memorial Day.  City Hall and the Peek Service Center will reopen Tuesday, May 26 at 8 a.m.
  • UP Public Library is closed on Mondays.  The library will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 23 and will open at  10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 26


The Division of Emergency Management, Texas Department of Public Safety urges drivers to exercise extreme caution during severe rain events.

Flooding is the most common cause of weather-related deaths in Texas.  As little as six inches of water can knock adults off their feet.  Vehicles are not safe either.  When drivers see water across a road, they need to back away and choose a different route.

Never drive through water on a road.  Water can be deeper than it appears and water levels can rise very quickly.  Floodwaters erode roadways.  A missing section of road, even a missing bridge, will not be visible with water running across the area.

If a car stalls in floodwater, get out quickly and move to higher ground.  Floodwaters may still be rising and the car could be swept away at any moment.

Water displaces 1,500 pounds of weight for every foot that it rises.  In other words, if a car weighs 3,000 pounds, it takes only two feet of water to float it.  Cars can become death traps because electric windows and door locks can short out when water reaches them, trapping occupants inside. 

During heavy rainfall events, some intersections in University Park are prone to high water.

Map - High Water Intersections in University Park

City mosquito fogging schedule

University Park is one of the few communities in North Texas that conducts a scheduled city-wide fogging program.  The program follows accepted IPM (Integrated Pest Management) guidelines consisting of monitoring, trapping, larviciding and adulticiding.  To target mosquitoes during peak daily activity, protect beneficial insects and limit exposure for outdoor pets and residents who have sensitivities, fogging is conducted during the overnight hours.  

Fogging Schedule -- May 2015

May 18  (Weather Permitting) Alleys 11 p.m. Lovers Lane north to Northwest Parkway (City Limits to City Limits)
May 19  (Weather Permitting) Streets 11 p.m. Lovers Lane north to Northwest Parkway (City Limits to City Limits)
May 20  ( Weather Permitting) Alleys 11 p.m. Lovers Lane south to Mockingbird (City Limits to City Limits)
May 21 (Weather Permitting) Streets 11 p.m. Lovers Lane south to Mockingbird (City Limits to City Limits)
May 19 (Weather Permitting) 11 p.m. City Parks - Burleson, Caruth, Curtis, Germany, Goar & City Hall, Smith 
May 26 (Weather Permitting) 11 p.m. City Parks - Burleson, Caruth, Curtis, Germany, Goar & City Hall, Smith

To help control mosquitoes in your area, take the following steps:

  1. Eliminate any stagnant or standing water. This can be found in birdbaths, non-circulating fish or lily ponds, plant saucers, low areas in your lawn, and around outdoor water faucets, etc.
  2. Reduce the amount of water placed on your lawn. Allow the top of the soil to dry out before watering again. Reprogram your irrigation controller based on the temperature and rainfall.
  3. Cover exposed soil with cedar or cypress mulch if possible.
  4. Clean out decomposed leaf matter from your storm gutters.
  5. Keep any unnecessary plant growth cut back.

If you notice yards or other landscaped areas with an abundance of mosquitoes, or spot standing water call the Parks and Recreation Department at 214-987-5488.

Oncor tree trimming near transmission lines

Contractors for Oncor will be trimming trees near its power lines in various University Park neighborhoods throughout 2015. Oncor is doing the work to ensure continued reliability and safety of electricity in the area. Residents near the work areas will be notified by door hangers.  

All previously identified locations have been completed.  More work is expected to take place in the coming months.

To learn more about Oncor's vegetation management program, CLICK HERE.

To report a power outage, CLICK HERE.