Monday, January 4, 2016

Friends and Family touched by North Texas Tornado

Rockport, Texas
Weather Conditions; Sunny, 57 degrees

We haven’t posted much because the weather here has been cold and rainy.

The Weather back home (Rockwall-Garland, Texas) has finally claimed down.

Not only have they been dealing with more flooding again but also recovering from several tornados.

A total of 11 people were killed by the December 26th tornado outbreak.

One of my mother’s cousins lives in Rowlett, Texas. When the storm sirens went off she took her two dogs and hide in an interior closet of her home.

She survived but her home is gone.

My ex-brother-in-law’s 88 year old mother’s house in Copeville,Texas was also destroyed. Thankfully she also survived.

My niece’s grandmother on her father’s side was at home with one of her grandchildren in Rowlett, Texas when the storm sirens went off. They got into a closet down stairs. The tornado leveled the house and they had to be dug out. The grandmother was hospitalized because she has something lodged in her back.

The family appeared on World news digging their dogs from the rubble two days after the tornado.

It’s so heart breaking to see all the damage on the news and to know some of these people who have lost everything.

My friend Jerry and his wife lived in Copeville, Texas. Matter of fact, just a couple miles down the road from the park we worked this past summer.

He and his wife were found fifty yards or so from their house. He didn’t make it. His wife was found under debris and in bad shape.

She’s now in the hospital with rods and pins in her right arm and right leg. She also has broken bones in her back, pelvis, wrist, and ankle.

She told her son the only reason she survived was because Jerry held her as the storm tore through their house.

Jerry was only 49 years old. He and his wife had just celebrated their 25 wedding anniversary.

This is just heart breaking. Jerry was a great guy and always made me laugh. Everyone he worked with loved him.

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