Barricades removed in Garland, help flowing in for victims

Barricades have been lifted in areas closed since Saturday's deadly tornadoes, but four people are still unaccounted for in Garland.

The City of Garland said Tuesday that 783 homes were damaged in the tornado, but 547 of them are safe to live in. the remaining 236 are considered hazardous and uninhabitable. The Landmark Village West Apartments also remain unsafe and off limits.

Brad Crain was grilling in his backyard on Saturday, his birthday, when the massive tornado hit.

“As soon as I walked to the edge of the garage I could just hear the houses next door and everything just crumbling. I said it's a tornado run, run. So we just turned and ran,” Crain said.

Crain is now on the receiving end of help from Texas Baptist Men - armed with chainsaws, clearing debris and giving people access to homes and what's left of belongings.

Police said they expect most people to have electricity restored in the next day or two.

With the neighborhood open and checkpoints gone, police say they'll continue to saturate the area looking for looters.

“They are aware that we are there and if you are going to try something then we'll get you,” said Lt. Pedro Barineau, Garland police.

The Texas Baptist Men said they must spread out their volunteers to cover the damaged areas.

They have a shower trailer, laundry trailers available for people. One is parked at the First Baptist Church in Rowlett where members have been collecting everything from diapers to cleaning supplies for tornado victims

“Bring them in love on them, let them go through our little store that we have and let them grab anything and everything that they need,” said Kay Nicholson, First Baptist Rowlett.

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