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Severe Storms Strike New Waverly, Phelps Community for the Second Time in 10 days

New Waverly Firefighters again responded to a number of storm related calls for service, spending most of Sunday night and Monday clearing debris for residents blocked in by downed trees.


 

New Waverly, Tx April 27th, 2015
Heavy thunderstorms rolled through Walker County once again Sunday night, leaving a path of destruction across much of the area, including some of the same areas hit just 10 days earlier in the Phelps Community. Late Sunday night, New Waverly Firefighters responded to the first of many calls for service, removing trees blocking roads near FM 2296 including Dorrell, Harding, Four Notch, Phelps Creek and FM 2296 itself. The sheer number of downed trees required all available resources from Walker County and the NWVFD.
As the storms continued into the night, New Waverly Firefighters were also sent to cover the Willis area as all available Montgomery County fire crews were tied up responding to numerous calls for service. While covering the Willis Fire Station, New Waverly Engine 72 was dispatched by Montgomery County 911 operators to a medical emergency on Rogers Road, just east of the City of Willis. Firefighters had to use chain saws carried on their Engine to cut through downed trees covering the road, so that they and a Montgomery County EMS unit could reach the patient.
As day broke, many more reports of blocked roads began to flow into the Pct. 4 Commissioner’s Office and the County Dispatch Center. Firefighters were first sent to the Danville and Hostetter Road areas in far southern Walker County to clear roads and later responded to other areas such as Little Road Loop and Hardy Bottom Road where they spent much of the day clearing the numerous fallen trees, so that residents could go to work and school.
Although many were affected for several hours by blocked roads and loss of electricity, there were no reports of major injuries associated with the storm.

New Waverly Firefighters Monday afternoon, cleaning saws after their return from clearing roadways for over 12 straight hours, preparing for additional storms predicted Monday night.

New Waverly Firefighters Monday afternoon, cleaning saws after their return from clearing roadways for over 12 straight hours, preparing for additional storms predicted Monday night.

Firefighters get creative on Dorrell Rd, utilizing equipment borrowed from an area resident to clear the roadway early Monday morning.

Firefighters get creative on Dorrell Rd, utilizing equipment borrowed from an area resident to clear the roadway early Monday morning.

Information and photos courtesy of New Waverly VFD.

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