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McLennan County sheriff's deputies relieve Franklin police officers working long hours after tornado

Posted at 5:02 PM, Apr 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-16 18:02:46-04

FRANKLIN, TX — The Franklin Police Department is thanking the McLennan County Sheriff's Office for the help they've given to help out the community.

According to police, the sheriff's office has sent units for two nights in a row to give Franklin police a break.

Police said it means more than the sheriff's office will ever know.

"Sheriff Parnell McNamara from the bottom of our hearts. The Franklin Police Department would like to thank you for the use of McLennan County Deputies tonight to cover the City and protect the Citizens of Franklin. Up until you sent these men to us we were working on only 2 hours of sleep. Thank you again," said Sgt. King.

Franklin is rebuilding after an EF-3 tornado tore through the community.

The tornado formed in Milam County and crossed in Robertson County, reaching wind speeds of 140 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

Homes and buildings were "totally destroyed" and a curfew was put into effect for 9 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Damage estimates 55 residents homes have been destroyed. Approximately a couple duplexes, two churches and four businesses. About 20 square blocks have been destroyed.

Fundraisers have been created to help the community and the Franklin Drive Thru Safari, which suffered broken fences and severe property damage.

For more information on donations and fundraiser, click here.