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Storm destroys buildings, leaves behind renewed sense of togetherness in San Augustine Co.

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SAN AUGUSTINE COUNTY, TX (KTRE) -

The sound of chainsaws, one cranking up after another, served almost like an alarm clock for most folks in one San Augustine County neighborhood. Many of whom are still reeling from storms early Saturday morning.

“It was just like a war zone, you couldn’t believe it,” said Linda Freeze, who lives in the Anthony Harbor neighborhood.

A description so vivid, with toppled trees and crushed carports serving as a harsh reminder leaving many in awe.

“We were shook when daylight hit, to see the devastation. It’s just unreal,” said Richard Holmes, who also lives in Anthony Harbor.

A mangled mess once served as a detached garage, virtually unrecognizable now all thanks what folks here are deeming the storm with a distinct sound.

“The sound of a freight train, there’s a lot of truth in that. The house, you could hear things popping around the house,” Holmes said.

Holmes was sure to point out what appears to be the path of that raging storm. A line of decades old oak trees snapped and tossed almost as if they were mere sticks.

“It was very sobering, very scary,” Holmes said.

Residents in the small community of Anthony Harbor, rightfully still terrified from such an ordeal, are giving thanks now that one was injured.

“Oh, I do. I thank God. He was with all of us because everybody that I talked to, my neighbors that I associate with or talk to, every one of us said we were all blessed,” Freeze said.

Neighbors say one person was trapped inside of a camper due to falling trees, but was rescued and is believed to be okay.

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