Dove Creek residents are in need after last week’s EF2 tornado

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SAN ANGELO, Texas Saturday’s tornado is still affecting many in the San Angelo community, especially those living in the Dove Creek area.

A number of residents experienced major damage to their homes.

It was close enough to where you could put your finger on it. It was devastating and scary, claimed Alura Wright, who was describing her grandson’s depiction of the tornado that smashed through her home.

The May 18th, EF2 tornado ripped through many parts of Tom Green County and those affected in the Bradford area, got an overwhelming amount of aid. 

However, residents in the Dove Creek area, are feeling abandoned.

“Bradford continued to get a lot of, thank goodness, volunteers who came in and helped clean. We saw heavy equipment and I think H-E-B was taking care of a lot of the volunteers. We got nothing, stated Wright.

Many houses on Spring Creek Lane were damaged, but one stood out because it was completely destroyed. 

“It started off at Knickerbocker, cut down the road, came through and split through the front of the house,” described Amy Ely, who is the daughter of homeowners of the house, her parents were not in town when the storm dismantled her home.

Many are left wondering, why help didn’t come more quickly?

“Because of the distance of the houses from the roads and the fact that a lot of the gates were locked, some gates were closed and the no trespassing signs. We weren’t really able to get a good visual of what was going on with the homes, explained Frank Barka, who is the Disaster Program Manager at the American Red Cross.

The American Red Cross is looking for organized groups of volunteers to be available to give a helping hand to those badly affected, senior citizen and disabled people who are not able to pick up the pieces alone.

If you would like to volunteer, please call this number: (325) 658-4409.

“It would be great if I could get those civic groups and church groups to go out and assist, today tomorrow and the rest of this week,” said Barka.

With no injures or casualties, many are just grateful to be alive.

“You can replace things, they can be replaced… but not lives,” expressed Ely.

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