American Red Cross disaster workers Ray Fishencord and Alan Sloan finished their damage assessment of the neighborhood in Granbury and talk to Anita Foster about how it feels to see a neighborhood they helped to build destroyed by a deadly tornado.
Louisiana - A severe storm with tornado activity destroyed homes, damaged others, prompted evacuations and left thousands of residents without power in Caddo and DeSoto Parishes on Thursday.
The Northwest Louisiana Chapter deployed team members and opened a shelter for residents within the affected area.
Since the storms passed in the overnight hours, the American Red Cross has been working to open shelters, assess damage and plan for the days and weeks ahead. Following is an update on relief efforts as of 4:00p.m. CST:
Two shelters remain open for tornadao victims who need a safe place to stay. Last night, 42 people stayed at the Red Cross shelter. The locations that are open are:
First Christian Church
2109 West Highway 377
Cleburne Senior Center
Where to Call for Help
The Red Cross has established a Disaster Assistance Hotline for anyone across North Texas who has sustained damage to their homes as a result of last night’s storms. Affected residents are urged to call 866-505-4801.
Red Cross teams spent the bulk of the day assessing damage across the area. In the Ranch Brazos community in Hood County, teams discovered that nearly 100 homes were affected with more than half of them being destroyed or unlivable for an extended amount of time. An additional 130 homes across the North Texas area have damage of some nature, but teams are still working on the damage breakdowns.
The Red Cross is planning to distribute needed relief items for clean-up over the weekend. Relief items can include things like shovels, rakes, work gloves, trash bags and more. Areas will be established in the neighborhood so that residents can pick up their supplies near their homes.
The Red Cross will be working with community partners across the area to ensure that families get what they need to help in their recovery. Additional services will be announced as they are needed.
Anita Foster from the Red Cross North Texas Region talks about the support of Habitat for Humanity, who built many of the homes destroyed or damaged by tornadoes in Granbury, Texas.
Texas - Following a deadly tornado outbreak in North Texas last night, the American Red Cross established shelters to help residents displaced by the storms. More than 42 people spent the night at the First Christian Church shelter established in Granbury. It’s expected that families will still need shelter tonight.
The shelter established at the First United Methodist Church, 301 Loop 567 in Granbury has closed. Anyone still needing shetler in Hood County can go to the First Christian Church, 2109 West Hwy 377 in Granbury.
Red Cross teams are standing by to conduct a disaster assessment in the impact areas across Hood and Johnson Counties as well as other communities that have damage reports.
As assessments are conducted, updates will be provided.