Van Zandt County
Six weeks after a major tornado ripped through Van, Texas, the city is nearly done with debris clean up.
An inmate escaped the Van Zandy County jail shortly before 5:00 pm.m. Monday by scaling a 12-foot outer perimeter security fence topped with razor security wire.
Authorities have taken a 16-year-old suspect into custody after a series of carjackings and a police chase, and two other suspects remain on the loose.
People affected by the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding that took place beginning May 4 in parts of Texas may qualify for tax relief from the IRS.
A Mobile Registration Intake Center has opened in Van to serve people who sustained damage as a result of severe storms and flooding.
The flyers were sealed in plastic bags with rocks and chucked onto people’s lawns or driveways.
Volunteers like Laura Darcy are feeding anyone who would appreciate a meal during the massive cleanup of the small town.
Friends and family packed the Van United Methodist Church to say their final farewells to Brenda and David Tapley. The couple were the only two people killed during Sunday’s tornado in Van Zandt County.
An emergency official says a deadly tornado that blasted an East Texas town left behind about $40 million in damage.
The National Weather Service says the twister’s path was 10 miles long and 700 yards wide.
Gov. Greg Abbott declared Van Zandt County a disaster area, and Van officials asked people to pray for the city. But many people have done even more.
While most people are doing all they can in Van to help their neighbors, there are concerns the situation could bring out the worst in some folks.