Residents Have Close Calls During Sunday's Storms

Most of the major storms early Sunday had passed when Colin Killian's family got a close call wake-up call.

"They heard something about 6:30 or 7:00 this morning go thud, and we looked outside, and there was the tree," he said.

After about five decades of standing and shading, 45 feet of wood, bark and leaves on Timber Knoll in College Station couldn't handle what Mother Nature brought. Remarkably, no home or fence ended up worse off than before the fall.

"It fell at exactly the only angle that it could without doing any major damage," Killian said. What did he attribute that to?

"Just the grace of God," he said. "That's all it was. It couldn't have been anything else."

Work crews from agency after agency had clean-up work to do, from smaller things like downed street lamps to blown transformers in a wooded Bryan neighborhood off Wayside Drive.

Jonathan Brooks was lucky his community wasn't up in flames as he watched sparks flying from the trees adjacent to his backyard. BTU crews were busy there late Sunday morning, along with locations across the area.

Brooks had clean-up work of his own to do on the Sabbath. The Aggie, his Aggie wife and their kids moved to Bryan a month ago to start up a church. Then, the heavens opened up.

"We're used to long nights with three boys four and under, but this was definitely a storm," Brooks said of the much more dramatic evening.

Thankfully, there was no house fires here, just a few inches of water to deal with at 3:00 a.m. in the garage. Baseball cards were probably the biggest casualty of the flood.

"I'm thinking those are no more," Brooks said as he rifled through a cardboard box that had been on the floor.

All things considered, the loss could have been a lot worse for his team and a lot of others.


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