Burleson County Picks Up After Storms

By: Pachatta Pope Email
By: Pachatta Pope Email

Road crews from the Texas Department of Transportation were called around 3 a.m. Wednesday morning trying to clear roadways in Burleson County.

Three huge trees toppled over onto FM 2039 after storms ripped them up from the roots. During cleanup the road was shut down to one lane. Further down, off FM 246, Burleson County Constable, Dennis Gaas and his family had a rude wakening around 2:30 a. m.

"All of a sudden we heard a high whistling wind sound and then it just got deeper, deeper rumbling that sounded like three freight trains fixin' to come over the house," Gaas said.

When the family went outside moments later, they saw nothing but tree limbs.

"When I looked towards our vehicles, three vehicles sittin' outside they were all covered with big limbs and then shined a flashlight, we could see there were no tops in a lot of trees," Gaas said.

Daylight revealed Gaas' patrol car suffered the most damaged with several dent on the roof and on the driver passenger back door.

Jack Baumann who owns the Gunsmoke Shooting Range just outside of Snook said the storm tossed 50 pound tables, at least 200 feet. He said it also yanked a wooden fence completely off its post.

Burleson County's Emergency Management Coordinator, Brian Prescott, said he knew early on that the storm would be bad one.

"My pager went off from the National Weather Service at around 1:20 a. m.," Prescott said.

Prescott said the damage is wide spread in Burleson County and he said the National Weather Service said damage around Snook, including where Constable Gaas live, can be blamed on a small tornado, but the rest of Burleson County's destruction was likely caused by straight line winds.

Gaas says thanks to friends the clean up is moving along at a nice pace.

"I've got good friends and good co-workers and they're out here, Gaas said. "We gone try and get it cleaned up the best we can."

Despite having to clear away limbs and make repairs, many are just thankful it was not worse.

"Just thank God that's the trees and not our house or our lives that were lost," Gaas said.


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