LUBBOCK, TX-- A storm Saturday night brought hail and high winds to Lubbock. Two days later, the effects are still being felt throughout the county. Debris from damaged trailers and houses litters the fields in southwest Lubbock, and some like resident Paul Blanton are still trying to recover.
"Well you just have to live with it," Blanton said. "There's nothing you can do about an act of nature...the winds just took it all."
Blanton was staying at his son's house when the storm hit Saturday. Sunday morning, his neighbor called and told him that a trailer parked in his driveway had flipped into the house. When he returned to his house near Wolfforth, Blanton discovered that the trailer wasn't his only concern. "I had a shed back in the back of the house. A big shed, and I just moved my daughter's stuff in the house," Blanton said. "And it's gone. It's laying out from here across 1685 and beyond."
According to the American Red Cross, Blanton is not alone. Four houses in Smyer and another four houses in Wolfforth have received assitance from the Red Cross. In the most severe cases, the families were given hotel rooms to stay in while they sort out their houses.
The total amount of damage is not yet known. For some like Blanton, the lost items can never be replaced.
"Some of 'em were keepsakes from my mother to my daughter and antique tables, my wife's baby clothes and everything so yeah it's kinda gone," he said.