Deer Park, Texas (KTRK) – By 2:49 p.m., Tuesday’s worst storm was hitting Deer Park. Everyone is safe and accounted for, the mayor said, but there is significant property damage.
Everyone in Deer Park will have to deal with road closures over the next few days. About 30 streets were closed off with tree limbs or power lines. It also means that people are being asked to be patient as CenterPoint Energy has worked to get the lights back on.
The mayor said the outages are the main reason for the Deer Park Independent School District’s campus closing on Wednesday.
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“There was probably a whole bunch, 200 parents trying to have their kids,” said Kathy Underwood, who lives near San Jacinto Elementary School.
Many bicycles were left on campus, as parents came to pick up their children in person. They trusted the teachers to keep them safe during the storm.
“We had to go into the music teacher’s room,” said Addison Trustee, a student. “Miss Anderson’s room had so many windows, we thought all the windows were going to be broken. Lots of kids were crying. Trees were knocked down. Some tiles were knocked down. Lots of things were torn off.”
Trusty is safely reunited with her sister, Jessica, and their father in their neighborhood off Louetta and Phyllis Streets. It was one of the hardest hit areas in Deer Park.
“We knew a tornado was coming,” said Addison’s father, Todd Trusty. “The house was shaking. We’re very lucky the house was where it was. And when we got out we saw this. So, we’re very lucky.”
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He added that all of his neighbors and their pets were fine, but that their homes were listed in 25 to 30 blocks that Mayor Jerry Mouton said were causing significant damage throughout the city.
“I’m just grateful to God that he was able to save lives. We’ll handle the property and we’ll recover and rebuild,” Mouton said.
The mayor also said the biggest problem going forward is getting the lights back on, because Multiple mismatched columns and lines to mother nature.
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“I’ve never seen anything like this,” said Michelle Gutierrez, who grew up in Deer Park.
“Whatever it was, it did some damage,” added storm chaser Patrick Hollenbach.
Assessments and repair work began immediately after the storm. Recovery was expected to take a few days for some and possibly months for others.
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