Central Texas agencies volunteer in tornado-stricken ETX

Posted at 10:21 AM, Apr 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-30 14:34:08-04

Strong storms produced as many as five tornadoes in East Texas, according to KLTV. 

Officials are reporting there have been four deaths as a result of the weekend storms and possibly more coming. 

Canton, where most of the damage is being reported, requested any available units to assist in disaster relief, and one West police officer has volunteered to respond. 

Officer Arthur McGilton headed to Canton an hour after reports began to pour in.

The Freestone County Sheriff's Office has also volunteered. According to their Facebook, four deputies and two patrol cars arrived Sunday morning in Canton. 

Sheriff Shipley, Chief Deputy Mowrey, Deputy McGowan, and Deputy Martin were asked to assist Canton PD on patrol. FCSO is expecting to assist until Sunday evening. 

The Clifton Police Department is also assisting in relief efforts. CPD will be gathering donations for the affected community. They will be collecting bottled water, non-perishable food items, toiletries and more. Donations can be made to the police department between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday. No monetary donations will be taken. 

Search and rescue teams have been deployed and the FAA has restricted airspace over Canton due to disaster relief efforts. 

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