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Lubbock Red Cross volunteers helping tornado victims in Lancaster


On Wednesday clean-up crews covered the Dallas and Fort Worth areas hit hard by Tuesday's tornadoes. Among those helping are two of Lubbock's Red Cross workers in our local emergency response vehicle.

Dwain Cox and KimLee Howard left Lubbock late Tuesday night and arrived in Dallas at 3 a.m. - but there was no sleeping in for these two.

"We were up at 6:30 a.m. and headed to the Dallas Red Cross headquarters. Our assignment today is Lancaster, but I wouldn't be surprised if it changes," Dwain said.

After filling up their emergency response vehicle with food from the Dallas area food bank, they hit the neighborhoods with one mission - feed everyone in sight.

"We've got some hungry people we're trying to get this food to," Dwain said. "We loaded up on supplies like water, Gatorade, snacks and different things people might need when working in the community."

The tornado's destruction was evident as they went street to street. Roofs ripped off, signs slanting sideways, closets of clothes caught hanging in trees - neighborhoods lay in ruins. On one block there were two cars at rest in a home's living room.

"I've seen some of the damage area and it varied. I've seen some houses that are intact. There'll be nothing wrong, but then the next one you'll see and it's half gone," he said.

Red Cross estimates more than 300 homes and businesses were damaged in Tuesday's twisters, and that's just in Lancaster. In Arlington that number goes up to more than 450 structures damaged. Most of those damaged areas continued to have no power or utilities on Wednesday.

While homes are heaps of wood and families are left displaced - there was one silver lining to the storms that wreaked havoc in these areas - not one fatality reported.

While our local Red Cross workers were busy all day - they'll get a little rest and be back at it in the morning.

"We're just taking it a day at a time and probably as long as these shelters stay open we'll probably be here," Dwain said.

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