Hood County responds to neighboring county

June 1, 2013

As a woman huddled under her stairs praying, and a young mom with a 4-year old child prayed and sang “Itsy Bitsy Spider” in the bathtub of their mobile home on Cartwright Dr., a tornado tore through our little subdivision.

A young couple with a small child escaped injury, but their mobile home was moved from its foundation, rolled over and smashed.

Next door a new mom with a 2-week-old baby and a 7- year- old daughter hunkered in the garden tub of her mobile praying God would spare her family. Hubby was draped over them.

Across the street, homes were damaged by flying roofs and other debris going through exterior walls. Roofs were peeled back, and a 40-foot tree was uprooted and leaning precariously. The back side of the development saw heavy damage with mobile homes moved off their foundations, collapsed walls and declared unlivable.

Every neighbor that was able came out with whatever tools could be had and the tarping and boarding up began. The church in Godley appeared with food, water and people to work. Electricity in some areas of the complex was restored, and volunteer church workers restored our water from pipes damaged by the uprooted tree.

On Friday someone out here posted our situation on Facebook, and Hood County responded with crews and church volunteer groups to help us.

We would like to say that our hearts and prayers are with the many in Granbury and Cleburne who lost so much in the outbreak.

Had it not been for our “first responders” from Godley Assembly Church in Godley, and the county crews and churches from Hood, we would have had no help at all.

Cathi Thomas

Ponderosa Hills

Parker County

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