ETOILE, TX (KTRE) - Residents on Lake Sam Rayburn at the Shirley Creek Marina experienced over-night storm damages on Saturday. Following destructive winds, homes by the edge of the lake were some of the hardest hit in the area.
"One tree took out my deck, one tree is on top of my roof, other tree took my fence and took out a portion of my house that's supported by a beam," said Tim Hackett, a resident who said unlike the hurricane that came through the area a couple years ago Friday night's storm was far more intense, causing trees to snap, and leaving behind a path of destruction in Nacogdoches county.
Etoile volunteer firefighters have been clearing the roads and surveying the area, over the last 18 hours. They said several homes were damaged and at least a dozen were destroyed.
"It was like a war-zone here, to tell you the truth when I first got down here," said Thomas Roberts, firefighter. "We had a member of the fire department who was already down in the area. When I talked to her on the phone last night she said they do need chainsaws here."
The firefighters have been clearing roadways of debris.
Marina resident, Beverly Martines was shocked when she went to check on her neighbor's house, who wasn't home at the time of the storm.
"Inside the boards are coming loose, like trim boards. It shows where some water damage has the paneling wrinkled it," Martines said. "There was water standing in chairs and stuff and it blew the back door in."
While there are still several uprooted trees, residents said they are grateful they weren't in the dark all night long.
"We lost the power around midnight and it was back on at 4 a.m. I was real happy about that," Hackett said.
The National Weather Service will survey Nacogdoches and surrounding counties on Sunday. Crews from the County Commissioner's office will be on scene Monday to help residents clear the area.