Tornado Kills 10 Near Eagle Pass On Mexican Border

Wednesday, April 25th 2007, 7:25 am
By: News On 6

EAGLE PASS, Texas (AP) -- Governor Rick Perry is scheduled to arrive in Eagle Pass this afternoon to survey the damage of a deadly overnight tornado.

Officials say the twister killed at least seven people in the Eagle Pass area and at least another three across the Rio Grande in Piedras Negras, Mexico. The dead include a family of five killed when their mobile home was slammed against a neighboring school building.

Officials say at least 76 other were hurt in the Eagle Pass area and at least 87 others in Piedras Negras.

Maverick County Judge Jose Arandas says the county will ask the state to declare the county a disaster area. He says the tornado ripped up a four-square-mile area just south of Eagle Pass.

Besides destroying the Rosita Valley school, the storm ripped apart a nearby preschool and more than 20 nearby homes. The Eagle Pass municipal sewer treatment plant also suffered severe damage.

The Eagle Pass school district canceled today's classes.

National Guard units and the Border Patrol are among 150 workers participating in search, rescue and recovery efforts.