Perry Tours Storm-Ravaged North Texas
While residents of North Texas continue to recover from Tuesday's tornados, Gov. Rick Perry today visited some of the hardest-hit areas, and met with local officials and emergency management personnel who are still assessing the damage.
The Governor gave high marks to the emergency team for its quick response to the crisis, saying no lives were lost as a result.
"We continue to se Texas neighbors helping neighbors and communites coming together in the face of adversity," Gov. Perry said.
Texas Division of Emergency Management Chief Nim Kidd echoed the Governor's praise. "Even more incredible than the power of these storms was the rapid response by local officials and emergency responders to protect the residents in their communities," Kidd said.
According to preliminary damage assessments by the American Red Cross, nearly 650 structures were affected by Tuesday's tornados, with 200 completely destroyed and over 100 sustaining major damage. Power has been restored to more than 39,000 North Texans who lost power during the storms.