More Than $2 Million in Damages in Burleson County After Tornadoes

By: Alex Villarreal Email
By: Alex Villarreal Email

The National Weather Service has confirmed two tornadoes touched down in Burleson County.
This happened in Snook and about two miles northeast of Snook, last Friday night.
Now, the county's emergency management coordinator is confirming they've declared it a "local disaster area" and are asking for assistance from the state.

Some Burleson County residents we spoke with say, at a time like this, they're grateful to have insurance.

Not just one, but two tornadoes ripped through Burleson County.

Valentine Vega has lived in Snook, with his wife, for 34 years.

Vega said, "It sounded more like a freight train noise, you know? So, we knew it was pretty bad."

The winds were Vega lives, off County Road 269, were blowing up to 110 miles an hour.

"We couldn't open the door. Me and my wife, we both pulled on it and we couldn't get it, then finally, it opened up and we just dashed into the house with the dog and we stayed in there until it went away," Vega said.

Shingles were peeled off his roof.
The tornado carried his boat to the other side of the property, flipping it upside down, and all that's left of his carport is the metal wrapped around this tree trunk.

"That's one good thing, that we have insurance, or else it would have been a little harder for us," Vega said.

Whether its down the road or just next door, these residents now know they have no control over what mother nature destroys.
What they do have control over is how they protect their property.

Danna Dowling, a Burleson County resident, said, "Mainly roof damage. There's some, looks like the wall separated from the roof too, so we're waiting for the insurance to finish with all that."

Dowling's sister was home alone when the storm hit.

"She told me she felt a lot of pressure and then she heard the back door open. And, we have two french doors in our house and she said she felt it, I mean, it just opened up and she just stayed in the hall," said Dowling. "She just kept praying, Lord, if you take me, take me quick."

Dowling added, "She said it was very scary, very loud. Her ears were popping."

27 homes were damaged by the tornadoes and estimates show it's going to cost more than $2 million to repair and replace the wreckage.

Burleson county is still waiting to find out if it will qualify for FEMA assistance and is preparing to cover up to $90,000 out of its own funds.

If you have debris you need to get rid of, a dumpster has been set up where County Roads 268, 269 and 272 intersect.

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