Help From Across the State Mobilizes After Tornadoes

Help is on the way to three counties hard-hit by tornadoes Saturday night.

A triage center had been set up at Canton High School after three tornadoes tore through Van Zandt, Henderson and Rains counties Saturday.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Texas Task Force 2 had been mobilized.

Dallas Fire-Rescue told NBC 5 it was sending 15 people to Canton to help firefighters there in the wake of the storm. The Rowlett Police Department and Fire-Rescue said crews were also en route to Canton.

The American Red Cross of North Texas also responded. Shelters were open at First Methodist Church Life Center at 200 S. Buffalo in Canton as well as at Emory City Center at 320 Texas Street North in Emory.

Nicholas Pet Haven in Tyler said on Facebook it would be helping with injured and misplaced animals.

Officials in Van Zandt County held a news conference Sunday to update the public on storm relief efforts:

Canton Mayor Lou Ann Everett and Van Zandt County Judge Don Kirkpatrick gives an update Sunday morning on the devastating tornadoes that struck three East Texas counties Saturday evening. At least four people were dead from the storms, but Everett cautioned that the number could rise.
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