News 3 Reporter From Granbury Surveys Tornado Damage

Devastation lines the streets and neighborhoods of a North Texas town after a deadly tornado struck Granbury.

That left six dead and more than 50 injured.

Some of the destroyed homes were built by Habitat For Humanity.

One of them was to be given to a low income family this weekend.

News 3's Clay Falls grew up in that area and was in Granbury with a first-hand look at the destruction.

Fortunately his family was not impacted by the tornado but others were not as lucky.

The Rancho Brazos neighborhood was one of the hardest hit places and police were keeping people out of the area overnight along Davis Road with no word on when they'll be allowed back in.

News 3 was able to go inside the area for about a 15 minute period during the afternoon and what we found was absolutely devastating.

A storm of unimaginable intensity leveled homes, destroying everything in its path here in the lakefront and tourist town of Granbury.

The EF4 Tornado confirmed by the National Weather Service made a mess of resident David Barton's yard and roof.

"As you can see we've got a lot of debris on the roof. Neighbors are reporting a lot of damage to their roof. I haven't been able to get up and assess our roof yet but probably will need a new one," Barton said.

Thursday afternoon law enforcement is restricting access to the two subdivisions.

"I don't want anyone going in there and getting hurt. So I'm going to make sure that it's safe for them to go in before I let 'em go in and not have any disruption caused for the search operations either," said Sheriff Roger Deeds of Hood County.

Jagar Mellencamp was waiting to get back in his neighborhood too but knew his house was ok.

"It's crazy to think that it just happens that fast you know you really, people weren't expecting it and this huge storm came out of nowhere, and people weren't prepared really. It's, it's a tragedy," said Mellencamp.

"There were still seven missing, so I was listening to the scanner this morning and they were still trying, I think they are in the recovery process," said David Barton.

Hood County Sheriff Roger Deeds says the six killed were found inside and outside homes that were destroyed.

They will be having another press conference Friday morning at the H-E-B Grocery Store in Granbury.

Hood County Sheriff Roger Deeds says the search and recovery effort is a "day to day" matter in Granbury.

Deeds said the search will continue "until every piece of debris is turned over."

Throughout this ordeal he's asked people to be praying for this community.

Utility officials say nearly 15,000 homes and businesses lost electricity because of the storms.

*6P.M. Story*
A nasty side of nature Wednesday night hit a number of small towns near the Dallas - Fort Worth Metroplex.

12 tornadoes ripped through the area killing at least six people and flattening entire neighborhoods.

Early Thursday some of the victims began assessing the damage.

Hundreds of homes have been damaged or destroyed, especially in hard-hit Granbury, about 40 miles southwest of Fort Worth.

And they're also searching the wreckage for more survivors, as seven people are still missing.

Officials say many of the homes destroyed in Granbury were built by Habitat for Humanity.

News 3 Reporter Clay Falls grew up in that area and returned home to see the damage first hand. Fortunately his family was not affected by the storm.

Hood County Sheriff Roger Deeds says more than 50 people were hurt, and they are still searching for the missing.

News 3 was able to tour the damage first-hand when police temporarily opened the area.

Debris and devastation have turned the lakefront town of Granbury into a living nightmare.

Homes have been leveled, six killed and trying to assess the damage is just beginning.

Jagar Mellencamp and dozens of other people were waiting to get down Davis Road back to their homes where road blocks were set up.

"They've got the road shut down. They aren't letting anybody go through, apparently it's going to be a couple hours. They've shut down the whole road so nobody can get to their house. They can only leave," said Mellencamp of Granbury.

Random debris now litters the countryside where everything from shingles and insulation to even somebody's hat. The National Weather Service has labeled this tornado as an EF4, c ategorizing it as devastating.

"Cleanup is always the worst and dealing with that just so you can make room for people to move forward with their life with new homes or fixing homes," said Sheriff Roger Deeds of Hood County.

Brian Morris was waiting to check a the neighborhood he works in too.

His family had to take shelter in Hudson Oaks during the night of storms across North Texas.

"Sirens started going off so she had to take them in the closet and when we started getting the phone calls in people were asking us what to do in the storm and we took a look at the satellite and we basically said at this point it's a good opportunity to pray and call us in the morning. Wish we had better ideas than that," said Morris.

It's still unclear when residents will be allowed back in to their neighborhoods.

News 3 will have more local reaction from Granbury Thursday night at ten.


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