Garland & Rowlett Residents Pull Together to Help Those in Need

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GARLAND -- From piled up cars to power outages, an unwelcome holiday guest has left parts of North Texas in complete disaster after strong tornadoes ripped through neighborhoods in Rowlett and Garland.

Right now, the official death toll in Garland stands at 8 people with 15 injured. In Rowlett, a reported 23 were injured and no one killed.


Some people were lucky enough to have their homes untouched.

"Honestly, I feel like we're blessed that it didn't hit us like it legit skipped our neighborhood and went into the neighborhood right next to us," one Rowlett resident told NewsFix.

But a neighbors house down the street was left in shambles.

Clean up has already began for some as volunteers and roofing companies help patch up roof tops to avoid more damage from the incoming showers. While for others, their house was a total loss.

Traffic on I-30 in Garland will be delayed through the day as cops blocked off parts of the highway due to damage in the area.

Those who need shelter, food, and clothes can go to several locations hosted by American Red Cross. Gale Fields Recreation in Garland and Steadham Elementary in Rowlett doors will be open after hours.

"Folks have been in and out throughout the day get out of the rain get out of the cold," Dan Halyburton, a public affairs volunteer with American Red Cross explained.

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