Damages after tornadoes tear through Texas Panhandle

Feature Reporter


Halliburton's Pampa district office, which recently closed was unstaffed when a tornado tore through the area Monday night causing significant damage. The Borger News-Herald's own Don Rice traveled to Pampa and capture these images of the destruction. 

Two Texas Panhandle sheriff's deputies were exposed to natural gas, not chemicals, after a tornado damaged a Halliburton complex near Pampa. The Gray County Sheriff's Office initially said two deputies were exposed to unknown chemicals Monday night while searching the storm-damaged property. The deputies were checked by emergency medical personnel at the scene and both declined to be taken to a hospital.

The sheriff's office, in a statement Tuesday, said the deputies were apparently exposed to natural gas before the lines were shut off. No further danger was found at the scene.

A Halliburton statement says its Pampa district office, which recently closed, was hit by a tornado Monday night but no employees were present. The company says no chemicals were at the site and those were earlier removed as part of the facility closing. No damage estimate was immediately available from Halliburton.