VAN ZANDT COUNTY – Disaster response officials are still sifting through damage from four tornadoes that hit East Texas Saturday.
So far, four people are confirmed dead from tornadoes in Canton, Eustace, and Emory in Van Zandt, Rains, Henderson, and Wood counties.
Gov. Greg Abbott toured east Texas Sunday, asking for prayers for the families of those who lost their lives as we rally together to help the victims. “In response to the devastation, I’m confident Texans will come together to rebuild and help their neighbors in need,” he said.
You can’t physically go to the tornado sites and help out yet; it’s still too dangerous. Rescue and recovery crews are still working non-stop and downed power lines and fallen trees have roads blocked.
But once crews have completed initial assessment, volunteers with feet on the ground in Van Zandt County will be needed.
Until then, what victims need most are monetary donations, but they also need simple things, like water. Here’s how you can help:
Christus Trinity Mother Frances HealthPark
3203 S. Main Street
Accepting donated materials such as water, tarps, and plastic bins. Work gloves of all sizes have also been suggested.
First responder teams need peanut butter crackers, protein snacks, and snacks for diabetic neighbors.
Champion EMS Station
101 Industrial Boulevard
(Behind Canton Fire Department, Texas Highway 19)
Van Zandt County Fire Marshal/Emergency Management
Eustace City Hall
107 Edgar Street
(Cases can be left outside door if building is closed)
Other things to know
Two Red Cross shelters are set up:
First Methodist Church Life Center
600 S. Buffalo Street
Emory Civic Center
329 N. Texas Street
Tornado victims needing assistance can call the Red Cross at 866-505-4801.
Help for injured and missing animals – Nicholas Pet Haven Shelter & Dog Park
Storage for victims
U-Haul company of East Dallas is offering 30 days of free self-storage and U-Box container usage to Saturday’s tornado victims.
U-Haul Moving & Storage of Rose City
411 N. Northwest Loop 323
Tyler, TX 75702
U-Haul Moving & Storage of Longview
410 W. Marshall Ave.
Longview, TX 75601