Texas panhandle playing a vital role in Woodward tornado cleanup

Texas panhandle playing a vital role in Woodward tornado cleanup

NewsChannel 10

Woodward, OK - Help from the Texas panhandle has arrived in Woodward, Oklahoma, where it is complete devastation, after Sunday's deadly tornado.  

While the search and rescue effort has come to an end, the survey of the damage continues. About 1/3 of the city looks to be destroyed.

A 6th person has now died from the storm that has left about 30 others injured, and those in critical condition have been taken to Amarillo hospitals for treatment.

At least 90 homes and 13 businesses are a complete loss.

Meteorologists are rating the tornado as an E-F 3, and estimate the damage path to be about 1/4 mile wide and 2 miles long.

The tornado sirens were disabled by the storm, leaving dozens without a warning.

The cleanup process is now underway. Utility companies are working to restore power to at least 5,000 people.

Meanwhile, organizations from all over, have arrived on the scene to lend a helping hand. The American Red Cross offices from Amarillo and Guymon are playing a vital part in the aid effort.