Strong Storms Tear Through Childress - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/16/08

Strong Storms Tear Through Childress

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Just two hours northeast of Lubbock, residents in Childress spent Monday picking up after 80 mile-per-hour winds tore through their town Sunday night. A team of meteorologists examined the damage Monday to determine if it was actually a tornado that touched down there.

"Couldn't believe it," Joe King said. 

People in Childress woke up to a city full of damage Monday morning after strong storms blew through Sunday night.

"We didn't know what was going to happen next," King said. 

High winds ripped the roof of King's church.  It also tore down signs and stripped trees across town.

"It was just devastation.  There was a roof, looked like it tried to float down the road," Brittainy Taylor said. 

Taylor tells NewsChannel 11 that hail filled her front yard.

"It was a foot to two feet deep across the yard; you couldn't see curb to curb," Taylor said."

"It broke immediately," Sammy Mendoza said. 

Mendoza took cover in a closet as that same hail busted through his windows.

"It's a scary feeling," Mendoza said.

Now, the city looks to pick up as the power comes back on.

"I hope; I'm a lot older then I was when we built it back then," King said.

Lubbock's Red Cross sent an emergency response vehicle, water, ice, food, and volunteer to help with disaster relief in Childress.

Lubbock Red Cross
Learn more about the South Plains Regional Chapter of the American Red Cross.

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