Lamar County volunteer fire departments assisted Fannin County rescue after several buildings were damaged due to severe weather that passed through the area earlier today. Authorities were unable to confirm if the damage was caused by a tornado or straight-line winds.
Fannin County Pct. 3 Constable Kevin Mayberry said he was dispatched to about the 5100 block of State Highway 34 in Honey Grove to a vehicle accident, “which ended up being a lot of power lines in the road.
“I saw a lot of power lines in the highway. I saw a structure over here — a barn — destroyed,” Mayberry said. “So I called it in, and I told them it looked like some straight line winds or a tornado came through.”
Then the rescue agencies began checking the area to assess damages, and he said about a dozen homes were damaged. However, no injuries were reported at the time.
“When I got here, I called the sheriff’s office and Honey Grove fire, and they’re the ones who called outside agencies,” he said. “We have a lot of flooded out roads, so we’re blocking roads and checking homes. Some of the roads aren’t accessible, so we’re just trying to get to all the homes to make sure no one is injured.”
He said they requested outside agencies to help ensure enough manpower was available assist with less risk of anyone getting injured.
“All the houses, that I know of, have been checked. All the people who have been displaced have been taken somewhere,” Mayberry said. “The good thing is, there were no injuries.”
Mayberry said Red Cross was called to the scene and helped those who were displaced.
Throughout the night, Mayberry said the area expects more rain, but nothing as severe.
“If there’s water across the road, don’t go over it, and there’s a lot of flooded roads around here,” he said.
According to Lamar County dispatch, East Post Oak, Faught, Blossom, Brookston, Hopewell and Roxton volunteer fire departments assisted Honey Grove and Ladonia rescue with damages between Honey Grove and Ladonia. Texas Department of Public Safety, Fannin County Sheriff’s Office, Ladonia Fire Department, Honey Grove Police and Fire Departments and Fannin County Constable’s Office were also on scene.
As for other agencies helping the Fannin County rescue, Mayberry commended them for their assistance.
“Having everyone together and help each other, it just shows how much people care,” he said. “It’s really amazing to see everybody out here doing what they do.”