Neighborhood remembers 1970 tornado - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/11/10

Neighborhood remembers 1970 tornado

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Four decades ago, a black F5 funnel cloud ripped through the Hub City.

One of the hardest hit neighborhoods commemorated the lives lost during that tornado on Tuesday night. The Guadalupe Neighborhood Association held a ceremony at Guadalupe Park to remember the scary moments back on May 11, 1970.

Dozens came out to hear from many who were in Lubbock that night, including Mayor Tom Martin who presented a proclamation.

There was a moment of silence as 26 bells tolled honoring the 26 lives lost.

And some people about their memories of the storm.

"Then we saw the tornado. We just turned over our sofa, put mattresses on top of us, but we got a few cuts from windows breaking," remembered Pema Anaya.

"When the wind started to blow and stuff, Falcon Steel Sheet Metal thing went in through the bathroom, then the tornado hit, windows breaking, my grandmother praying and throwing holy water," adds Josie Sulaca.

"It picked up the house and carried us into the backyard," says Sophia Leos.

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