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5/3/07-East Texas

East Texans Clean Up After Storm

  Today, hundreds of East Texas residents spent their day cleaning up the mess left behind.  

In Terrell, crews are out in full force today shredding tree limbs that littered the ground. Homeowner Susie O'Neill said, last night things had been very quiet outside and then she heard a tornado siren.

"That was extremely frightening for us," said O'Neil.   "We immediately tried to gather things, like the weather radio, the flashlight and go to a safe place in our house."  O'Neill says once the noise stopped, she and her husband went out to find a tree had landed on her roof. 

Officials in Terrell say the northwest part of the city was the worst hit.  At the American National mini bank, the inner roof was blown in.

Supervisor Pat Hancock called security as soon as she heard about the damage.  "They said the wind was blowing like 70-80 miles an hour last night and it came down," said Hancock. 

Several homes in Tyler had to deal with falling trees.  Some of the worst we found today was at a home on Yosemite Dr.  A tree damaged the roof of this garage, flooding the attic with rainwater. 

But in southeast Texas in Trinity County, the damage caused much more devastation.  The Johnson family lost their house from this falling tree, and had a frightening close call with a family member.

"As soon as it hit it uprooted the tree and it came through the roof, landed on my daughter's bed where she was sleeping and it had her pinned under the roof and the tree and it took about maybe an hour or so to get her cut out," said homeowner Randy Johnson.  The Johnson home is a total loss and their three cars were also damaged by fallen debris. But they are grateful they are all ok.  

Oralia Ortega, Reporting.  ortega@kltv.com


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