‘Monday was crazy’: Many still struggling from recent storms in Smith County

SMITH COUNTY, Texas (KETK) — Following severe storms Monday that caused widespread damage in Smith County, more rain on Wednesday morning made things worse impacting thousands of residents.

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“Noticed our power was out and just saw the big, massive shadow on the streets,” Alex Henderson a Tyler resident said.

Overnight, a giant tree fell in a neighborhood off of Loop 323 and was blocking access to and from three homes. Residents said they need to entertain themselves without power and make sure their food doesn’t go bad.

Over in Lake Tyler, the damage is similar to other parts of the county. Residents have reported of roofs being ripped off, docks destroyed and many still without power.

“Monday was crazy,” Rex Jenner, who’s visiting from California, said. “Tree’s following all over the place. We had to move because we didn’t want a tree to fall on us.”

Due to water levels rising in parking lots and residents were even able to fish from there.

“Water levels are at a dangerous level just because if there were boat traffic on the lake, it could “damage the boat houses, erosion problems,” Allen said.

Despite all of the problems people are facing, it is the community coming together that is providing hope to get their lives back to normal.

“Everyone helps everyone out here in Texas. It’s really neat to see,” said Jenner.

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