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Tragic Tornado Devastates Valley View, Texas: Seven Dead and Over 100 Injured

VALLEY VIEW, Texas — A powerful tornado ravaged the small community of Valley View, Texas, on Saturday night, leaving a trail of destruction and heartbreak. At least seven people have been confirmed dead, including two young children, and more than 100 others have sustained injuries. The National Weather Service has preliminarily rated the tornado as a high-end EF-2, with maximum wind speeds reaching 135 miles per hour.

The tornado tore through southern Cooke County, wreaking havoc on a rural area near a mobile home park. Cooke County Sheriff Ray Sappington reported that the fatalities included two children, ages 2 and 5, and three family members found in one home. The affected neighborhood, composed of approximately 50 to 75 homes, suffered extensive damage.

As daybreak arrived, the full extent of the devastation became visible. Aerial footage revealed dozens of homes with roofs torn off, vehicles overturned, and structures reduced to rubble. Residents began the grim task of sifting through the wreckage, searching for belongings and assessing the damage to their homes.

Governor Greg Abbott addressed the media in Valley View on Sunday, confirming that close to 200 structures, including homes and businesses, were destroyed. The governor has signed disaster declarations for four counties: Cooke, Collin, Denton, and Montague. He assured that FEMA had pledged their support to assist the victims.

Emergency shelters have been established to aid those affected. The First Baptist Church in Valley View has opened its doors to provide shelter and assistance, while the American Red Cross is on-site offering aid. A feeding station for first responders and those impacted by the storm has been set up at the Valley View United Methodist Church.

Sheriff Sappington praised the swift response from neighboring counties’ emergency services, which have been crucial in ongoing search and rescue operations. “We urge everyone to stay safe and follow the guidance of emergency services,” he stated.

The tornado’s path extended into Denton County, where it overturned tractor-trailers and halted traffic on Interstate 35. A shelter was also opened in the town of Sanger to assist those displaced by the storm. Denton County officials reported extensive damage at the Lake Ray Roberts marina and an RV park, where trailers were described as completely unlivable.

In Collin County, the tornado inflicted severe damage on Prairie Meadow Lane and Myrtle Drive in Celina. Six houses were completely destroyed, but only minor injuries were reported. The local community has mobilized to provide immediate relief and support, with donations pouring in to assist those in need.

The aftermath of the Valley View tornado marks a somber chapter for North Texas. As the community grapples with the loss and devastation, efforts are underway to rebuild and recover. Volunteers and local organizations have already begun organizing aid and reconstruction efforts, showcasing the resilient spirit of Texans in the face of tragedy.

“This community has done what it always does and responded swiftly,” said Pastor Beata Hall of Valley View United Methodist Church. “For the most immediate physical needs, we’re doing okay. The long-term need is going to be rebuilding.”

The Valley View tornado is part of a grim series of severe weather events that have struck the United States recently, with tornadoes in Iowa and other parts of Texas causing significant damage and loss of life.

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