TYLER, TX (KLTV) - An East Texas woman recalled the frightening experience of being trapped in her crushed home.
Nita Welborn was sleeping in her house on Layton street in Kilgore last Thursday morning when a violent storm sent trees crashing onto her house.
Looking back on it now, Welborn shared the most terrifying aspect of the storm that left her trapped in her own home.
“I’d been asleep about an hour. I didn’t hear any of the storm, I didn’t hear any crashes or thundering or lightning. The first thing was the ceiling falling on my head. For years we had talked about if on of these pines trees ever fell on my house, I’d probably die,” Nita said.
The trees feel on three sides of her home, trapping her in a triangle, and one tree fell dangerously close to her.
“Could have fallen on me and I wouldn’t be here today,” she said.
It was the time after being trapped that was precarious. Nita was alive, but she didn’t know if anyone one else knew she was there.
However, she kept her head.
“My first thought was, ‘I’ve got to find my purse.’ It was in the kitchen. The first thing I did was I called my son. I said, ‘My house is broke.’ He said, ‘What do you mean?’ I said, ‘It’s broke.’ He later said, ‘You didn’t tell us you were trapped in the house,’” Welborn said.
There was also a concern that at any moment the home might come down on top of her.
“I heard neighbors calling my name, my next door neighbors. And they said, ‘Can you get out?’ And I said no,” Welborn said.
It was her neighbors who checked on her, and her son arrived later and jumped through a window to get her out.
“I trusted my son. He was going to get there and get me out. All I wanted to do was see my son,” Nita said.
She got out without a scratch.
Nita is staying with a relative right now.
She was insured, and she said she will rebuild her home.