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NWS: Straight-line winds damage buildings in Jasper County

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JASPER COUNTY, TX (KTRE) -

From intense rain and flooding in the spring, to drought and wildfires in the summer, and back to heavy storms in the fall, it's safe to say Jasper County has seen it all.

"We've gone through a roller coaster ride,” said Jasper County Judge Mark Allen, “There's a lot of exasperation; a lot of people are tired of the extremes.”

This past weekend, Jasper County once again was hit hard by Mother Nature, especially the Kirbyville area.

“I live just a little bit south of it, and the sky began to get the familiar, odd, greenish color and then the wind started getting really crazy,” Allen said.

According to the National Weather Service, the weather event is being called straight-line winds, but it certainly left tornado-like damage.

"Several homes had damage on their roofs,” Allen said. “A lot of barns were literally just destroyed.”

Several homes in the area also had flooding, and multiple roads were shut down because they were impassable.

The damage was enough for Allen to issue a disaster declaration, separate from the one already in existence from the spring’s flooding and summer's drought. This declaration will help pay back the costs the county incurred this weekend.

“But more importantly it also opens up the door for some of our people to get assistance,” Allen said. “They can be eligible for SBA loans, and they can be eligible for any grants that are out there."

Jasper County is hoping for some dryer weather, but should another weather disaster occur, they’ll be ready.

"We work through it every time, we try to protect our people, protect their property, work through each event, and back up,” Allen said. “Then we wait for the next one and do it again.”

The declaration will last until Saturday. The original declaration is set to end on November 12th, but Allen is considering extending it.

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