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VAN(CBSDFW.COM) – New details Tuesday night about the Van tornado’s trail of destruction. The National Weather Service says the twister’s path was 10 miles long and 700 yards wide.
Some volunteers who are trying to help are being told to leave the tornado-damaged areas of Van after law enforcement in the area tightened enforcement in the area.
An earlier 6:00 p.m. curfew was set on Tuesday night and residents were told they needed to be inside their homes by 7:30 p.m.
“It hurts our feelings to see our school like this our neighbors like this. It’s our duty to help,” said Claude Danforth, a local volunteer.
Danforth wants to lend a hand to his neighbors, but he said he keeps getting kicked out by law enforcement.
“It kind of makes me feel weird because we’re trying to help,” said Danforth.
Under the new rules, people either need a permit or have an ID with a home address inside the tornado-damaged area.
“You know there’s people who want to come and help and we do need help. But as they said previously, we can’t just have a free-for-all,” said Chief Deputy Bob Keltner, Van Zandt County Constable’s Office.
Volunteers like Danforth said they hope some sort of change can be made so they can continue making the community whole.
“When you got people who don’t know how to act, then they got to do what they got to do to make sure everyone stays safe,” said Danforth.
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