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Family escapes, home does not

The Badillos were frantically awaken by a falling tree coming right towards them. The Badillos were frantically awaken by a falling tree coming right towards them.

By Lakecia Shockley - bio | email
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ORE CITY, TX (KLTV) - Last weeks severe storms ripped through parts of East Texas. Several trees toppled homes leaving massive damage. One East Texas family barely escaped from their home, after a tree came crashing down on their roof.

"I hear the tree fell down...right over there," said three-year-old Ariana Badillo.

The little girl was still shaken up, after a tree crashed through her home.

"She had been sleeping in her bed, which was where the tree hit, and then two hours before, she had just gotten in bed with us," said Amber Badillo, Ariana's mom.

It was early Friday morning, when the Badillos were frantically awaken by a falling tree coming right towards them.

"I just turned around like that [and] I just seen the whole tree just coming down through the house and I didn't think about anything but just getting my kids out of there," said Melo Badillo, Amber's husband.

Because the tree tore through the middle of the house, the Badillos only had one way out.

"That's the only widow we had," said Melo. "I told her to open it up and jump out."

"I'm just glad that we all made it out OK and it didn't fall on us," said Amber.

"Trailers, you know, it can be replaced, but family, that's one thing you can't replace, a kid," said Melo. "So I'm kinda of blessed, you know, that my daughter slept with us that night."

The storm's aftermath was a huge mess. Their trampoline was whisked away and ended up wrapped around a tree like a pretzel. What's even more devastating is that they lost just about everything.

"We had no insurance on our house at all," said Amber. "He just got laid off on his job three months ago so I really don't know what we're going to do."

The Badillos had only lived in their trailer home for two months. Now, they're hoping some generous East Texan's will help them remodel what the storm destroyed.

A disaster relief fund has been set up to help the Badillo family. If you would like to help, you can make donations at Security State Bank locations in Ore City and Diana. The account is set up under Melo and Amber Badillo.

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