SNYDER, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – It was a busy night for first responders all across the Big Country, as winds swept through the state, wreaking havoc on the City of Snyder.
Hundreds huddled in their houses hoping to escape inevitable damage in the morning.
It’s an experience Sabastean Gomez and his sister say they’ll never forget.
“I was laying down and we started hearing the wind pick up,” Gomez says.
Looking outside of their second story bedroom, they saw a feint piece of tin blowing in the distance.
“Emily, my sister, runs before me and she’s at the bottom of the stairs and then all of a sudden like the roof caves in,” Gomez said.
Breaking windows and tearing apart the walls.
“I thought we were going to die, I thought I was going to see my sister die in front of me,” says Gomez.
Now the family looking at the damage in the daylight, losing a home but not losing it all.
“Our home is destroyed, I mean we can get a new home, we can’t get our lives back,” Gomez says.
The rest of the city is working alongside the Gomez family, picking up the pieces of what’s left behind.
“I saw people from all over just out helping each other pick up trash and debris out there this morning, so it’s very good to see,” says Assistant Fire Chief Nathan Hines.
Lending a helping hand to those few who lost a lot.
“Folks work together to help each other, we do. It’s just how it is, it’s West Texas,” Hines said.
The National Weather Service will be in Snyder to assess damage on Thursday.
They say the damage is most likely due to straight-line winds.