Houston County rallies behind sheriff after weekend of tornadoes

Houston County rallies behind sheriff after weekend of tornadoes

HOUSTON COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Three tornadoes tore through parts of Houston County on Saturday, leaving one person dead and others with damaged or destroyed homes.

One of those who suffered damage was an East Texas county sheriff, who has since been reminded how close his community really is.

“You know we may have our struggles, but the truth is when we have trouble, we come together. People support each other, and they’ll help take care of each other,” said Houston County Sheriff Darrell Bobbitt.

Bobbitt said parts of his front porch and roof were blown away during the storms. He added that he could actually see a tornado touching the ground in a field from his front porch and that he could hear it pass right by their house.

“It really was upon us so fast, we didn’t have time to leave and get away. we just found an interior room in the house and got down in there and rode the storm out,” Bobbitt said.

As he continues the rebuilding process. messages of encouragement and support come from those in Houston County, providing comfort after the storm.

“I can’t say enough about the people of Houston County," Bobbitt said. "Our friends and neighbors and people that have just heard about us. Everybody has reached out with just anything they can do; any help that they can bring to us they’ve offered it. From food to housing, you name it, and lots of prayers of course.”

To help the victims of these storms, click here to donate to either the American Red Cross or the East Texas Food Bank. Both agencies are working daily in these storm-impacted areas of East Texas.

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