UPDATE: The Lufkin woman killed by a fallen tree early Morning morning is identified as 80-year-old Dorothy Davenport.
LUFKIN, Texas (KETK) – An 80-year-old grandmother of three in Lufkin was killed early Monday morning when a tree came crashing into her bedroom.
Local police said they received a call around 2:48 a.m. from a man in the 600 block of Lafayette Street. The woman’s son called police and told them that a tree had fallen on his mother.
Firefighters arrived at the scene and spent nearly an hour trying to remove the tree from the home. When they were able to get to the woman, she was pronounced dead.
Maricela Garcia knew the 80-year-old woman because they are neighbors. She said they would meet to have tea.
“I cannot express how bad I feel that she is gone,” said Garcia.
Lufkin police said that residents need to be mindful of falling trees since the ground is heavily saturated after rain on Sunday night.
“Unfortunately, in a very short amount of time we were seeing a lot of rainfall, and that heavily saturated the ground,” Lufkin Communications Director Jessica Pebsworth said. “We had flash flooding all over town. Unfortunately, those oak trees, while they’re tall and beautiful, their root system just isn’t that deep.”
Her name will not be released until Tuesday so that extended family can be notified.
The tree in the yard is still down, and neighbors are working together to cut it into pieces.
“I do want to remind people that we did receive a lot of rainfall and we are expected to continue to get rain through Wednesday,” Pebsworth said. “Be mindful of falling trees. It’s still a possibility.”
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