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10/10/05 - Colmesneil

A Small Community Copes After The Storm

by Jessica Cervantez

Colmesneil has a population of 638, and they are one of many small East Texas towns that got hit hard by the storm. Still, many of them don't have power, trees are on houses, and they are having to boil water. They know it will take a long time to recover, but through all of this, they manage to stay in good spirits.

Kim Hunt says, "It was scary. It just seems like all the trees were tumbling down on everything."

Hunt and her family lost their lake home in Colmesneil near Lake Amanda. Right now, they have trees on their home, no power, and they have to boil their water before using it. This doesn't even include the damage to their home in Lumberton.

Hunt said, "There are trees everywhere--on our roof--and a lot of people don't have power. We don't have power."

It is going to take a long time to clean up the area. Even with all this storm damage, they haven't been declared a disaster area.

Jeremy Hunt, Kim's son, said, "Probably every other house has a tree on it, and the power lines are pretty much all on the ground."

Jenny Moore, who also suffered storm damage, said, "Half of my house has power, except the important part, which is the kitchen and the bathroom, but the other half has power."

Residents have applied for FEMA, and they are thankful for what they have. Residents who have lived there for years just know it will take a long time to rebuild.

Sandra Martin, a longtime resident, said, "Months, months, if they come around and pick up the debris. I'm so afraid of the fire danger."

So, for now, all they can do is clean-up.

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