Trinity Co. workers, inmates begin clean-up from storm

TRINITY, TX (KTRE) - Emergency personnel, electric workers and even jail inmates are on the streets of Trinity Friday morning, cleaning up the damage caused from a heavy storm Thursday night.

The storm snapped several electric poles in two, ripped the roof off of one house and uprooted trees around the city. The whole town was without electricity for much of the night.

Sheriff Woody Wallace had jail inmates on the streets Friday morning, assisting with the cleanup efforts.

"It is actually worse than what we thought," Wallace said. "Trees are down, signs are down. We have a couple of structures that had roofs blown off."

"When I got up this morning I actually noticed that several trees actually had trees down in their yard that didn't affect what we were working on with the road, so yea there is more damage this morning then there was last night," said Police Chief Steve Jones.

Steve Conley lost the carport for his boat but knows things like that can be replaced.

"It hit my house and tour up my power pole and tore up the roof and so that's why we have insurance," he said.

"I was thinking we were blessed," said Charles Wade. "All the trees fell over the fences and didn't take them down and on the kids' playhouse over there and didn't take it out, just saved a lot of stuff."

Officials with the National Weather Service said they would not rule out the possibility of a tornado having hit the town, but that the damage likely came from downburst winds.

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