Continuing Coverage of Tornado Outbreaks in North Texas

Hood Co. Tornado Victims Can Return Home This Weekend

By Frank Heinz
|  Friday, May 17, 2013  |  Updated 6:16 PM CDT
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Firemen remove debris near Granbury, Texas on Thursday, May 16, 2013. Ten tornadoes touched down in several small communities in Texas overnight, leaving at least six people dead, dozens injured and hundreds homeless. Emergency responders were still searching for missing people Thursday afternoon. (AP Photo/Rex C. Curry)

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Hood County Sheriff Randy Deeds said Friday that officials are working on a plan to get displaced residents access to their property.

The areas impacted by Wednesday night's storms have been sealed off due to hazards in the neighborhood, including downed power lines and compromised gas lines.

Deeds said that until those were repaired, residents wouldn't be allowed back in the neighborhood.

During a news conference with Gov. Rick Perry on Friday, Deeds said there was a plan being put in place to allow residents back on their property beginning Saturday morning, on a limited basis.

Now, residents, contractors and insurance representatives will be allowed in the impacted area between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, and between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Sunday, but all must first register with the county to get past roadblocks.  Proof of residency will be required.

Additionally, a disaster recovery information meeting will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Church of Christ at 1905 West Pearl Street in Granbury.  The meeting is open only to disaster victims and will include representatives from the American Red Cross, Mission Granbury and various insurance companies and contractors.  All will be available to answer questions about the recovery process.  All attendees will be required to park off of Pirate Drive in the south parking lot.

Contractors and Insurance Company representatives should call the Hood Fire Marshall’s Office at 817-579-3335 for additional information.

NBC 5's Ken Kalthoff contributed to this report.

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