Between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. tomorrow (Thursday, May 23), the Hood County Bar Association is offering Hood County tornado victims free information and consultation on legal issues related to the disaster. It will be in the Hood County Annex 1 building, 1410 W. Pearl St.
Animal Control has received just over $6,000 in donations from local residents who are concerned about pets displaced by last week’s tornado. Sheriff Roger Deeds said the next Commissioners Court agenda will have an item calling for the county to officially accept those monetary gifts.
Sheriff Roger Deeds and Fire Marshal Ray Wilson said late Wednesday (May 22) that the total tornado damage sustained by Hood and several other Texas counties does not meet the $34 million criteria to qualify for federal aid. A comprehensive figure for the dollar damage in Hood County has not yet been firmly established.
SouthWest Water Company announced today that it has canceled the boil water notice that had been in effect since the day after the May 15 tornado destroyed or heavily damaged much of the subdivision, according to Tim Williford, environmental health and safety manager. “Our system has taken the necessary corrective actions to restore water supply, disenfectant levels, and/or bacteriological quality and has provided TCEQ (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality) with testing results that indicate that the water no longer requires boiling,” Williford said. If you have questions, call SouthWest Water Company at 866-654-7992.
The Disaster Information Line (817-579-2888) that had been set up by Lake Granbury Medical Center to help assist family members who were attempting to locate loved ones affected by last Wednesday’s tornado that devastated the Rancho Brazos subdivision will remain in place “until the end of the day Wednesday, May 22,” according to the hospital’s marketing director, Dixie Lee Hedgecock. Looking forward, the best source for finding ways to help and for locating victimes who may still be hospitalized in surrounding facilities is to go online to www.redcross.org, Hedgecock said.
Dale Alexander, an Arlington firefighter and paramedic who lives in deCordova Ranch, has been asked by the family of Tommy Joe Martin to serve as a pallbearer today (Wednesday, May 22) at graveside services in Brock for Martin and his mother-in-law, Marjorie Ann Davis. Alexander and others came to the aid of Martin and Davis, as well as Martin’s wife, Betsy. The three were flung 300 yards when Davis’ home just outside deCordova Ranch was destroyed by the tornado. Betsy Martin is in a Fort Worth hospital with multiple injuries. Though a family member had thought Alexander had placed Betsy Martin in the back of his pick-up, it was actually Tommy, said Alexander, who happened to have emergency medical equipment with him and administered an IV to the mortally wounded man. Tommy died just as he was being placed in an ambulance, said Alexander.
Charles Alvin Youngblood, 58, of the 3700 block of Canyon Road in the Rancho Brazos subdivision, missed the May 15 tornado in that area because he was in the Hood County Jail. He was arrested May 9 by a Granbury Police Department officer after a 911 call reporting a suspicious person in the 1400 block of Highway 377. Officers determined that Youngblood was a danger to himself or others, GPD Deputy Chief Hines said, but when they were escorting him to a patrol car he fled on foot before being caught just a few feet away. Because of a previous conviction, Youngblood was charged with felony evading arrest or detention, Hines said.
Granbury sophomore Preston Flurkey placed sixth in the UIL state editorial writing contest Tuesday in Austin. Competing Wednesday are junior Rachael Rodgers in Lincoln-Douglas debate and the accounting team – trying to win a fourth-straight state title.