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Van Zandt County officials identify final 2 storm victims killed

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Officials have identified the final two victims who were killed during storms in Van Zandt County and other areas.

Four people died during the Saturday night storms.

Van Zandt County Judge Don Kirkpatrick identified the victims as James Clayton Young, 39, of Alba, and Lucretia Sykes, 49, of Fort Worth. Young was found in his vehicle on Highway 64, east of FM 243. Sykes was found north of Interstate 20, near her vehicle. Next of kin has been notified.

According to Van Zandt officials, two more victims were positively identified, as Russell "Rusty" Barlow, a 51-year-old male of Corsicana found in a building and the other victim was identified as Kenneth Hughes a 57-year-old male out of Canton Texas who was found in a residence.

Officials say Corsicana man, Barlow, died in a detached garage outside a mansion after the race car he was working on fell on him when the tornado hit.  The Justice of the Peace who pronounced the man dead said that the home was the scene of a wedding that had been planned for later in the evening.

Another man died after he was blown from his home on Van Zandt County Road 2434. His wife, who was sitting in a chair beside him at the time, was treated and released from a hospital with stitches and bruises. 

The mayor of Canton and Kirkpatrick also provided other updates during the afternoon press conference about available aid in the city and a curfew in place for the area.

A curfew remains in place for residents in the affected areas, excluding the city of Canton.

Officials are not asking for water at this time. They say they are having issues storing the water due to the quantity received. The triage center at the Canton High School band hall has closed.

The Pct. 4 Van Zandt County Constable's Office put out a call on Facebook Monday morning asking for assistance. They have since redirected volunteers to the Command Center in the city of Canton.

The department says volunteers will need to bring their own tools, water, meals and whatever else they may require.

 A staging area was established at a Canton car dealership Sunday where The Salvation Army disaster teams prepared and distributed meals and snacks to law enforcement and responders who lined up on the frontage road. Today was supposed to be an exciting day for the dealership as they were scheduled to open a brand new showroom. Instead, the buildings were torn apart by the tornado with cars and trucks flipped and strewn all around the property. The Salvation Army says additional volunteers are not needed at this time. The best way to support the ongoing Salvation Army response is to make a financial donation here.

The Rapid Response Unit from Granbury, operated by members of the Women's Service League of Hood County, provided roving support on Sunday in addition to two other mobile kitchens from the DFW area. Water and clean up kits were delivered in preparation for distribution on Monday at three points of distribution in the area - Canton High School, Walmart, and the First Methodist Church. Two full size mobile kitchens will continue service today along with the RRU.

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Officials are asking residents to use caution in the area. They say trees are downed and there is extensive damage in southern Van Zandt County. Several homes were damaged or destroyed during the storm. Displacement centers have been up at area churches.

Texas Department of Transportation officials said all state roadways are clear of debris in Van Zandt County but they are assisting with clearing county roads from tornado damage. 

Officials said that while no damage to roadways occurred, employees are working to remove trees and debris, and assisting with county roadway issues.

From TxDOT:

FM 17 closed north of I-20 to allow pole trucks to work. Employees worked throughout the night to remove fallen trees and debris to get roadways open and continue to assess the situation.

Once downed power lines and poles are attended to, crews will perform additional necessary work. Crews are also assisting with clearing county roads to allow access to impacted areas for wellness checks of citizens.

TxDOT currently has crews and equipment working in Van Zandt County and will remain on active duty until no longer warranted.

Road conditions and traffic updates available on or Twitter/TxDOTTyler. For more information call (903) 510-9267.

Crews are working non-stop to restore power in Van Zandt County. As of 5 a.m. Monday 3,600 customers are still without power.

See a map of SWEPCO outages here.
See a map of Oncor outages here.
See a map of Rusk County Rural Electric outages here.
See a map of Wood County Electric Cooperative outages here.
See a map of Upshur Rural Electric outages here.
See a map of Trinity Valley Electric Cooperative outages here.

Meals on Wheels will not be delivering food in Van Zandt County Monday.

Four school districts have canceled classes for Monday. Those include Canton ISD, Fruitvale ISD, Eustace ISD and Martin's Mill ISD.

Canton ISD Superintendent Jay Tullos informed that Canton ISD classes are canceled for Tuesday.

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KLTV has a news crew in Canton Monday morning with continuing coverage of the aftermath of the deadly storms. Check back to for the latest on this developing story.

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