Clean up effort continues in wake of storms that hit Deep East Texas Wednesday

Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Electrical and tree crews were out in full force Thursday morning doing the last bit of clean up from storms that ripped through the Pineywoods late Wednesday afternoon.

The most damage in Lufkin was in the Englewood subdivision. Several streets were blocked to traffic last night with downed trees and power lines causing safety concerns.

Karen Hadnot and her husband Mickey stood in their front yard this morning and watched as a crew worked to cut up the downed tree that landed on her roof and husband's work truck.

"It got real dark last night, Hadnot said. "My husband looked over at me and said, 'This is not normal' and he had me, my daughter, and himself get in a closet. After it died down, we went out and looked, and I heard water running in the house, and that's when I looked outside and saw the tree had been blown over and was on our roof and on his truck. I think we all dodged a bullet here last night."

Angelina County Commissioner Terry Pitts said his precinct had widespread tree damage. Many of those trees fell on Carroll Road. One also fell on a woman's house on McAdams Road. A vacant home was also destroyed after lightning struck it, and it burned to the ground.

Grady Cashion with Oncor said at the height of the storm Wednesday night, an estimated 8,000 homes were without power.

"We have a handful of homes that are still waiting to have power turned on,"Cashion said. "I am not sure when those will get turned on because many of those need structural work done before we can get the power back to them."

South of Angelina County in Jasper County, Judge Mark Allan has declared a local state of emergency after the southern part of the county received heavy rains and had flooding issues throughout the day on Wednesday.

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