B/CS Residents Cleaning Up After Severe Storm Blows Through

COLLEGE STATION, Texas Nearly all of the Brazos Valley and much of the state was hammered overnight with pelting thunderstorms, lighting, and tropical storm force winds.

Some gusts clocked in at as high as 60 miles-an-hour.

That wreaked havoc on power lines, trees, roofs, and just about anything not anchored to the ground Saturday night.

And it seems like spotted flash floods took care of the rest.

The rain was welcome in light of the very dry season we've had, but as they often do this storm came with a price.

News 3 discovered some of the nastiest sides of the storm Sunday afternoon.

College Station's Emerald Forest neighborhood appeared to be one of the hardest hit.

News 3 saw dozens of damaged trees and most importantly, neighbors helping each other out.

It may be Sunday but it wasn't a day of rest for Bill Killion of College Station.

He and his wife were picking up what they could at their home on Briar Rose Court in the Emerald Forest neighborhood.

A severe storm brought 60 mile-an-hour winds, toppling his neighbors' trees right out of the ground.

"Yeah we were just fortunate they didn't fall a different direction to do a whole lot more damage. I think we were very fortunate, I think we were very lucky," said Killion.

His wife's car was left trapped behind a jungle of trees in their garage.

Just next door where the trees had fallen Crystal Schinzler was dealing with a mess outside and inside.

"We were underwater... It started coming in right here through the door so first we got some towels and then that wasn't working. So and then it came all the way up and started seeping up here to the entry," she showed us inside.

Chainsaws buzzed and neighbors used man and horsepower to uproot broken and bent trees on Bent Tree Drive.

While several small trees were uprooted and a gazebo damaged at Edelweiss Park.

Stephen Nielson had to be rescued by College Station Firefighters from his motor home at the Holiday RV Park on F-M 2818 when a big branch blocked the door.

"By the time I knew it until I was out was you know less than a half an hour. But I was probably stuck in here for several hours and didn't know it," said Nielson.

The falling tree branches caused some minor damage to Stephen Nielson's RV. But fortunately he wasn't hurt.

"We had four trees down but unfortunately it fell in the wrong places. Four trees down, 100 percent hit rate; either hit a vehicle or hit an RV," said Don Jones, whose dad owns the Holiday RV Park.

News 3 heard a lot of rumors from residents in the neighborhood
Sunday that they thought it was a tornado that blew through.

Though the damage looks bad that's something we can pretty much rule out.

This was likely a case of straight line winds.

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