First responders act quickly to help San Augustine recover from tornado

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After a tornado hit San Augustine Thursday night, first responders reacted quickly to help the community recover. 

Several residents had property damage from the storm. 

“It looks like a war zone,” said Marjorie Boyer, a San Augustine resident, “I’ve never seen anything like this. I was devastated.”

County Judge Jeff Boyd said, despite four 911 calls, the city had no reports of fatalities or major injuries. 

“The fact that we had no injuries. This was a major storm, that’s just great and we’ll survive,” said Judge Boyd. 

Emergency crews waited for the sun to rise, then got to work clearing roads, lifting trees off of homes and restoring power. 

“It was daylight, people started coming to check on everybody. See all these people here are trying to get trees away from our houses. This community will pull together. They will,” said Boyer. 

They also helped direct traffic on the major roads after stoplights went out. 

Two of the main concerns were downed power lines and gas leaks, but Judge Boyd said most of the issues were resolved as the day went on. 

He also road along with other responders in a helicopter to survey the damage from an aerial view. 

With no serious injuries or deaths, the community seemed hopeful after the storm, and ready to move on.

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