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PERRYTON, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) – The city of Perryton was sent reeling after a devastating storm on Thursday afternoon sent a tornado through the community. Officials reported as of early Friday morning that three people were killed and over 100 injured amid extensive damage left to homes and businesses in the area.
The Ochiltree County Sheriff’s Office identified those killed in the tornado as two people in their 60s, Becky Randall and Cindy Bransgrove, and 11-year-old Mathew Ramirez.
Officials with Ochiltree General Hospital said that as of 2:30 a.m. on Friday there had been 114 people seen at the facility, and that no tornado victims were admitted to the ER but several were sent to other hospitals with higher treatment capabilities. No casualties had been reported from that hospital.
The Ochiltree County Sheriff’s Office said that among the 114 injured in the tornado, about 10-15 were transferred elsewhere. Further, all people who were reported missing were accounted for on Friday morning.
According to local officials, Texas Governor Greg Abbott is expected to be on the ground to speak in Perryton on Friday, and numerous state and local agencies were deployed to the area to assist with response and recovery on Thursday.
A number of state and local agencies responding included those from Perryton and Ochiltree County, as well as Canadian, Lipscomb County, Booker, Fritch, Hutchinson County, Borger, Amarillo, Texas Tech University Medical Center in Lubbock, and the Texas Department of Emergency Management.
Shelters that were established in Perryton for those impacted by the storm as of Monday morning and supply outposts for those in the community included:
- Perryton Independent School District shelters at Perryton High School and Key Heights Baptist Church
- The Ochiltree County EXPO Center shelter, via the Red Cross and Ochiltree General Hospital
- Meals will be provided throughout the day at locations including:
- The Ochiltree County EXPO Center
- BrokenHorn Steakhouse
- First National Bank
Officials with the American Red Cross told MyHighPlains.com on June 29 that its shelter in Perryton is closed after all the individuals have been assisted and transitioned out of the shelter.
Perryton residents who are in need of day-to-day services can visit the following locations for assistance:
- P&G’s Tide Loads of Hope Mobile Laundry Unit will be collecting and cleaning laundry a Perryton High School
- June 20 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m
- June 21 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or until capacity is reached.
- P&G will also distribute personal care and cleaning kits in the impacted area.
- Temporary showers have been set up in areas of the city including
- Murphy Park
- Leatherman Park
- Key Heights Baptist Church
- A cooling center has been established at Murphy Park
Officials with Workforce Solutions Panhandle said in a post on its Facebook page that if a person’s job has been impacted by the tornado in Perryton, those individuals are able to apply for unemployment benefits.
The post read that individuals are able to apply online for unemployment benefits on the Texas Workforce Commission’s website or they can contact a Tele-Center representative to receive guidance on the application procedure by calling 800-939-6631.
Disaster assistance resources and funds available for donation as of Monday morning included:
- American Red Cross is accepting donations to “help people whose lives have been upended by wildfires, storms, floods and countless other crises.”
- Perryton ISD, accepting supplies and money via a GoFundMe campaign;
- The Perryton Community Worship Center is acting as a supply depot and accepting supply donations;
- Texas Panhandle Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster accepting financial donations at any FirstBank Southwest location in Perryton, Booker, Pampa, Amarillo, or Hereford;
- Global Empowerment Mission accepting disaster aid assistance;
- Encounter Church accepting supplies donations at its location at 200 Tascosa Rd. in Amarillo until 12 p.m. on Friday;
- The Amarillo Area Foundation announced that its Panhandle Disaster Relief Fund will also be used to assist with the recovery efforts in Perryton, and is still accepting donations;
- Shi Lee’s Barbecue & Soul Food Cafe is accepting clothing donations at its location at 1213 SW 3rd in Amarillo to be delivered to Perryton; and
- The Hi-Pro training center in Friona will be acting as a donation drop-off for items to be delivered to Perryton, located at 1201 East 11th St. in Friona.
Monetary donations have been encouraged by local officials and are being accepted at:
- Perryton National Bank
- FirstBank Southwest
- Interstate Bank
- First National Bank
Those wishing to volunteer as of Tuesday morning were asked to go to the volunteer reception center at Perryton High School.
Frank Phillips College posted on its Facebook page a list of resources available to victims of the tornado.
Regarding storm damage records, the Individual State of Texas Assessment Tool (iSTAT) allows for the reporting of personal and commercial property damage, which is intended to help state and local emergency management offices identify and understand damages that happen during natural disasters.
Power supplies in Perryton were cut off on Thursday, as previously noted on MyHighPlains.com, but as of Monday morning, more than 4,050 customers in the area had their power restored. However, as noted on Monday by officials, natural gas services are expected to be out of commission for the community for at least six weeks.
Further disaster response efforts and resources for community members will be added to this story as it develops.
This is a developing story. MyHighPlains.com will update this article as new information becomes available.
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