Cleanup efforts continue; power still out for many in Smith County

Cleanup efforts continue; power still out for many in Smith County

SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - Cleanup continued Friday in Smith and Henderson counties after damaging storms rolled through the day before.

Many people are still without power, and it might be stay that way until Saturday.

When Jeff Williams flips on the light switches at his home, nothing happens, and it’s been that way since early Thursday morning when damaging storms moved through East Texas.

“We have a camper at a friend’s house right now, so we’re staying over there for the time being,” he said.

As Williams drives across his property, it’s not hard to see the damage left behind.

“You know some of the real issues right now is we’re starting our agricultural season. So it just takes more time away. We’ve got to decide to either rebuild fences and clean up or if we’re going to start spraying pastures and prepping our land,” Williams said. “It becomes really tough and difficult to figure out which ones were going to do first and second. And which ones were going to prioritize.”

WEBXTRA: Storm clean up in Chandler

And underneath a tree, sits a 1964 Ford pickup that Williams’ late uncle passed down to him.

“Periodically, we would just take it and drive it around the pastures. Every so often. And after this storm, I don’t think we’ll be doing it anymore,” he said.

Meanwhile in Chandler, crews worked to remove downed trees from homes. One landed on top of a piece of awning and crushed a white truck parked beneath it.

But despite the damage, officials say the good news is that no one was hurt.

Friday afternoon, hundreds of ONCOR customers were still reportedly without power. The company hopes to have all electricity restored by Saturday morning.

Click here if you would like to donate to help in the tornado recovery. You’ll find a section where you can donate to the American Red Cross or the East Texas Food Bank.

Copyright 2019 KLTV. All rights reserved.