B/CS Residents Cleaning Up After Weekend Storms

By: Michael Oder Email
By: Michael Oder Email

It's a summer time tradition, passing afternoon thunderstorms. We've seen more rain this summer than usual, some of it pretty severe.

Residents across the Brazos Valley are cleaning up their yards and homes after a series of severe storms this weekend.

"This tree right here," points Bryan resident Patrick Pitzer, "It ripped the tops off it. You can see these cedars here where we cut those branches because they were broke."

Pitzer's front yard and backyard looked like a tornado blew through.

"Just as I was stepping through the door, like a solid sheet of water and wind just hit my mom," recalls Pitzer.

"That's when she when she saw the twister coming over the treetops."

The National Weather Service hasn't had any reports of tornadoes, but that doesn't change what was left in his yard. Which just leaves Pitzer to pick up the mess.

But he's not the only one.

These storms are pretty isolated, but have a pretty powerful punch. These storms move through an area in a matter of minutes, but they have residents picking up for days after.

"In the summertime, its the luck of the draw," says News 3 Meteorologist Shel Winkley.

"Daytime heat pops these storms up and then they fall apart because they get tired," he explains. "When you're out in the yard working and you kind of sit down for the first time and you breathe in and then exhale, the storms are doing the same thing. The storms are breathing, they just push out a lot of wind which can cause some damage from time to time."

It's the aftermath that public works crews are cleaning up. This crew with Tex-DOT cleared a road in North Bryan.

"It's amazing that all this wind damage occurred and not a scratch on the house, you know, nothing," says Pitzer.

The damage was limited only to his yard.

If your yard is a bit messy after this weekend's storms, Bryan residents can place the debris on the curb before 7 A-M on trash days. College Station residents can set their brush out on the designated pick-up day.

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