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7/12/06

Spur Residents Recovering After Dangerous Winds Rip Through Town

The National Weather Service says it wasn't a tornado, but winds up to 70 miles per hour that blew through Spur Tuesday night.  That's about 70-miles east of Lubbock.  At least one family is homeless and several others are just trying to deal with the damage. 

Strong winds tore the roof off of the cotton gin in Spur.  While we were there a worker found out that his rental home was severely damaged.  "I never thought that it did this to this place; like I  say, I was worried about the gin," said Jessie Vasquez.  Part of his shop roof is literally pierced into his rental home that sits just a few yards away.  Luckily no one was inside.

"This wall right here. This was the front door right here," said Angelica Ratliff pointing at missing wall.  Ratliff's home is probably the worst damaged in Spur.  "We all got bruises and cuts," said Ratliff.  The family was inside when extremely strong winds tore the walls from around them.  "My dad was screaming where's Angelica? Where's Angelica, and I go I'm right here, and my niece was crying. We all were crying," said Ratliff. 

"Nobody got hurt," said Pastor Bob Wright.  Not even First Assembly of God Church was spared.  "There was just a huge cloud above us on this side of town, and it was just boiling, and all of a sudden it just split and came down, straight down. That's what it did," said Wright. 

Many of the folks we spoke with say they don't have insurance, making it harder to get life back to normal.  First Assembly of God Church is also uninsured.  They say they'd welcome any help. Contributions can be made to:

Spur Security Bank
P.O. Box 549
Spur, Texas, 79370

or you can call the bank at (806) 271-3301.

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