Van, TX Receives Donation from Storm Chasers
On Sunday, May 10, 2015, an EF-3 tornado (wind speeds of 136 mph to 165 mph) tracked north through the east side of Van, TX causing considerable damage. Two were killed and 47 were reported injured. Over 100 homes sustained heavy damage and large, mature trees were ripped from the ground or substantially damaged. Some of the hardest hit structures were the Van Independent School District (ISD) Van Intermediate and J.E. Rhodes Elementary schools.
The tragic twister’s path stretched 9.9 miles long and 700 yards wide according to National Weather Service (NWS) damage assessments.
Storm Assist contacted Van, TX immediately after the event, explaining that we would like to provide a donation for the school district. The town and school district was extremely overwhelmed by the damage the tornado caused, so we were asked to wait until a later date.
On Thursday June 04, 2015, storm chasers, Ric Burney and Justin Terveen visited Van, TX for Storm Assist to hand deliver a donation collected.
Here is their story:
“Photographer Justin Terveen and I visited Van and toured the affected area. We started from the south on Bois D Arc St. from Oklahoma St. travelling north across Highway 16 to E. Pennsylvania st., behind the two damaged schools. We then met with Van Independent School District (ISD) Superintendent Don Dunn, at the Van Middle School to present the school district with a donation from Storm Assist in the amount of one thousand dollars ($1000.00).
New utility poles are apparent throughout the damage path with crews still completing installation and connections. Many homes have contractors busy working on repairs while others sit empty, silently bearing the scars of the storms fury.”