Clean up, rescue efforts continue after West, TX explosion - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Clean up, rescue efforts continue after West, TX explosion

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

The small community of West is overrun with media, first responders and volunteers as search and rescue efforts continue.

More than 12 hours after the massive explosion leveled homes and damaged dozens of businesses, the community has come together to begin rebuilding.

Local construction crews and volunteers put up plywood in place of shattered windows as others swept up shards of glass that covered streets and sidewalks. Many shop owners stood in shock looking at the aftermath of what mirrored a tornado's path.

But even more heartbreaking than seeing the destruction was the worry of those who still searched for friends and loved ones.

Waco police sergeant W. Patrick Swanson says search and rescue crews will continue diligently and thoroughly going door to door in the disaster area looking for survivors or those left behind. At one point Swanson says authorities were concerned with possible looting and the barricades and security was tightened.

"Some might get frustrated because we are not letting them in, but we can apologize later. We want to make sure everything is safe before we let them back in," he said.

Our KCBD crew has talked to several people in the community as they wait to hear from their loved ones. Coming up tonight at 4, 5, 6 and 10 they will bring you latest on the press conferences in West and how the community is pulling together.

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