Hughes Spring residents continue to rebuild after tornado devastation



TYLER, Texas (KLTV) – The community of Hughes Spring continues to recover after a tornado ripped through the town two weeks ago.

“Where I’m standing was probably six meters up from the debris, you couldn’t see my house from the street,” says Hughes Springs resident Gene Dodson.

Dodson said he received help from the city to move trees and branches that were blocking his driveway.

The Texas Baptist Men missionary group is also coming to help Dodson get rid of the debris that is still currently in his yard.

“I’m retired, so I have plenty of time,” Dodson said.

The damage to his roof and the side of his house will be repaired with his own hands, Dodson says.

While residents are still cleaning up the mess left behind, the fire station is also being rebuilt. The fire station was destroyed by the tornado.

“The cleaning is going very well with outside help. The city is cleaning up everything, they moved us here,” said Hughes Springs Fire Chief Jay Cates.

The fire station is temporarily housed next to the damaged fire station in what was once the ambulance station.

The fire station currently operates with three vehicles while it normally has five.

“The two trucks that were most damaged were our very last structural fire pump trucks,” Cates said.

Cates says the city is currently in contact with its insurance company to see if the fire station needs to be rebuilt from the ground up.

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