GILMER, Texas (KETK) – The Upshur County community has come together after a tornado ripped through the area on Monday.
Multiple people were injured. Sheriff Larry Webb said that a tornado touched down south of Evergreen Road and FM 2685 and moved in a northeast track ending at Upshur Landing at Lake o’ the Pines.
Webb wrote that many houses were damaged or destroyed. First responders are still working to clear roads of trees and downed power lines, and people are helping each other recover from the storms.
“As Upshur County you know you can be proud because anytime these things happen the county just pulls together. Friends show up with chainsaws, tractors and trailers and they just start working and that’s the way we do things around here,” said Webb.
Residents also donated resources for those that need it.
“We’ve had a great response with the community. We have people that are dropping things off and a number of businesses have been great to drop things by to support,” said Brad Daugherty, New Beginnings Executive Pastor of Operations.
First reports indicated that the areas of significant damage are:
- FM2685 and Evergreen Road to Highway 271 south of Bluebird Road
- Highway 300 to Highway 154 south of Gilmer
- North of Ore City
- Upshur Landing at Lake O’ The Pines
Sheriff Webb is asking people to remain clear of areas where work crews are repairing downed lines and clearing the roads.
Many people will need assistance in the days ahead. Consider whatever assistance you find appropriate to provide. Sheriff Webb asks that you keep our families and friends in your prayers as we all continue to recover from this tragic weather event that has occurred in our countySheriff Larry Webb
KETK’s Frank Jefferson reported on the damage caused in Ore City on Monday and Tuesday after tornadoes tore through East Texas.