Tornado Destroys Texas School

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Release date: 
May 13, 1999
Release Number: 
1274-03

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- What once was a haven for over 500 students and staff, is now only a memory and mounds of debris. When a tornado touched down in this Eastern Texas community on May 4, the DeKalb School was destroyed in seconds while 500 children sought shelter in the corridor. Local officials report only 17 injuries and most were minor.

The images that tell the story of this incident were taken by Jeffrey A. Bean, FEMA's regional director from the Boston, Mass. Office (Region I). Region I is providing staff for the Disaster Field Office being set up in Texarkana, Texas.

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