Tornado damages Garrison family home and business

The National Weather Service has confirmed an EF-2 tornado touched down in Garrison Thursday. Knocking out power and damaging several homes and businesses.

GARRISON - The National Weather service confirmed an EF-2 tornado touched down in Garrison on Wednesday, knocking out power and damaging several homes and businesses.

According to a Deep East Texas Electric Co-Op spokesperson, 6,000 meters were without power at 11 p.m. on Wednesday.

Crews worked around the clock to clear debris and restore power. But for the Barton family, the damage appeared to be inescapable.

"We're pretty close. We try to see about each other and the whole town is that way," Bob Barton said.

Barton and his wife have lived at their home in Garrison off Hwy 59 for over 40 years. Barton's nephew Lane and his family live down the road. He said they've never seen anything like this.

"Winds started blowing, it sounded pretty much like a train and we could tell that we could hear trees popping and breaking."

Barton said the storm took out his barn and sent debris flying over 50 yards away.

"The wind came from the west and picked it up and just pulled all the polls and everything out of the ground. Steel polls were concreted into the ground. They pull them up and just laid them against the trees."

After it hit, Barton said he went to check on his nephew's family. The roof of their home was damaged by a tree.

"We took shelter where we thought was the best place, the hallway in the home. It just so happened that's where the tree landed," Barton's nephew Lane said.

He said the family's business, KL Barton and Sons Poultry and Cattle Farm, was hit the worst. Several structures were damaged and need to be rebuilt. One of them Barton said is a total loss.

Despite the damage, he said he's thankful no one in his family was hurt.

"There's a little sadness to it but we really feel blessed because there's no harm to any person." 

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