Chainsaws began running as early as three o'clock this morning, as crews worked to clear the damage left by the storm that blew through East Texas Wednesday night. By midmorning, Lilbert-Looneyville volunteer firefighters were at the home of Jan Boyer-Smith on FM 343.
"I had two trees on the house," Boyer-Smith said. "One rolled off, thank goodness, and then I had a treetop on the back end of the house."
As the men worked, the wind continued to blow hard, which worried Smith even more. She said they had been trying to have some of the trees cut down because they were in such bad shape, but that the prices were "too ridiculously high."
From Cushing to Douglass and points beyond, trees on power lines are keeping residents in the dark.
"I thought we were going to get blowed away," Glenn Harvin, who lives on CR 817, said. "The wind was blowing hard, beating on the roof, making a terrible racket."
Thursday morning, a pine south of Sacul balanced on a power line across County Road 890. Some motorists drive under it. The careful ones turn around.Just west of Trawick, a hazard on CR 864 kept neighbors from paying their condolences.
"My neighbor lady passed away, and I can't get in to carry food," Neva Lewis, who lives on CR 864, said.
Residents are learning that drought-stricken trees coming down could be an ongoing problem with each passing storm.
"The only access I have was on my cell phone," Boyer-Smith said. "So I went to my KTRE Like on my Facebook page to the weather to know how high the winds were and how concerned we needed to be, and if they could give us some kind of timeframe as to when we might stop worrying so much."