Deadly Texas Storm Leads To Big Cleanup Effort

Robert Henderson

What could be a months-long cleanup effort after severe weather left a camper dead this weekend at a Lake O’ the Pines, Texas, campground got underway Monday (March 12).

The storm, which authorities said left a debris field so tremendous that it hampered initial searches and assessments, was blamed for the death of a Mont Belvieu woman, who died when a tree was blown onto the tent where she and her family were camping, according to the Longview News-Journal.

On Monday, the focus was on assessment and initial cleanup, said Robert Henderson, a park ranger and natural resource specialist, but the going was tough.

“There’s still a lot of sites that we can’t even physically get to because there’s so many trees down,” he said. “We have to crawl through the branches to make an assessment of those sites. We’re talking trees like 4-feet across down on the ground, so it’s like an obstacle course trying to get to it. And there’s a lot of it we can’t even see underneath it to assess the damage.”

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