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“God was with us, that’s all I can say,” the man’s mother says.
ONALASKA, Texas — Pobla Gallier’s home was nearly destroyed in Wednesday’s tornado that ripped through Polk County, about 75 miles northeast of Houston.
“On the other side, the whole roof is gone on the other half of the house,” she says in a video provided to KHOU 11 News by Hannah Cram.
Cram’s video shows the devastation left behind in the town of Onalaska.
“Right there starting on where that air conditioner is, all the way to those trees over there was a car port,” says Gallier, pointing out the pile of what was the carport.
Behind her home are two trailer homes laying on their roofs.
“See that travel trailer upside down? It was under a carport,” she says. “See that travel trailer in the back? My son was staying in it. It flipped twice and landed on the top.”
“Me and the dog was in it,” her son added.
Both he and the dog were unharmed, although the trailer home was destroyed.
Also nearby were remnants of a workshop that Gallier says was already in a tornado once before. All that’s left behind this time is the slab.
Despite this, no one in her family was hurt.
“God was with us, that’s all I can say.”
“The people behind us, that was a brand new house, and it went smooth through the middle of that house.”
She says a family was inside but no one was hurt there either
She says another neighbor, a woman and two children, all sought shelter inside a bathtub as their home was torn apart.
The tornado killed at least three people in Polk County and injured dozens more.
The same storm system is also responsible for at least two deaths in Oklahoma and one in Louisiana.