Lufkin tornado victims brace for next threat

Arthur Gregory
Arthur Gregory
Eddie Fisher
Eddie Fisher
Berta Curl
Berta Curl

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - By Holley Nees - email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - They've suffered through tornadoes before and now they know a threat can turn into a disaster.

"I'm afraid I may get hit again. It's something I think about all the time," Eddie Fisher, a victim of the Dec. 23 tornado, said. "It tore off about 90 percent of my roof. I've replaced a lot of the decking."

"If anybody ever went through what we went through, it's a scary situation and it's hard to deal with," victim Arthur Gregory said.

Gregory says they just finished replacing the porch, a storage building and windows. But, for victims it's frustrating knowing all the rebuilding could be pointless.

"We finally made it through the storm, now we might have to face it again and so basically we're hoping that we miss the tornado this time," Gregory said.

Things are just getting back to normal and residents say although they've now survived a tornado, the fear hasn't gone away.

"It leaves a fear in your mind," Fisher said. "It's very traumatic going through a tornado."

So they prepare for the worst, hoping for the best.

"I got batteries for my lanterns, I got canned meat, so we'll have something to eat on," victim Berta Curl said.

And if there is a next time, victims say homeowners insurance is a must.

"I've contacted several agencies already, and they require that all the existing damage I have, inside and out, everything has to be repaired and pass their inspection before they will insure me," Fisher said.

"There's places where you can get insurance that's affordable to your income, according to your income, or according to what you had in your house," Curl said.

"People don't think about insurance, but insurance is good to have because if we didn't have it, we'd still be struggling," Gregory said.

For now, victims keep their eyes on the sky, hoping to be spared this time.

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