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East Texans cleaning up after fierce storms

by Christel Phillips

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EAST TEXAS (KTRE)- Downed trees, and no power is what many East Texans woke up to Sunday after overnight and morning storms banged up parts of East Texas.

Ricky Oliver says he awoke to the storms, "Well, this morning we woke up about 7:15 and you could hear the tin rattling behind the house, it was just hard heavy winds."

He and his family also woke to find themselves stranded in their home, when two Post Oak trees were uplifted out of the ground falling right in the middle of their driveway.

Oliver says the big tree was at least 70 years old and adds, " It's been here for a while I hate to see it go down."

And just down the road in Huntington, the high winds tore off parts of the Huntington State Bank. The winds left parts of the roof looking like pieces of paper hanging from branches in nearby trees.

Electric crews in Lufkin and Nacogdoches spent their day repairing snapped poles and wires. They were working to restore electricity for nearly 11,000 residents.

In Nacogdoches County, Holly Springs Baptist Church members found out there would be no service today after the storm uprooted trees and shattered limbs on the church's property.

Chuck Howard, a church member says the church building was really spared. "The way the wind was blowing they all (trees) blew away from the building."

 Pastor Homer Murray was actually preparing for Sunday morning service when he heard the storm roll through. "I went outside then I realized how much damage there was I realized how fortunate we were, God was really watching over us," says Homer.

Now that the damage is done, the only thing left is for East Texas to clean up mess that was left behind.

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