Texarkana neighborhood recovers from Beryl and dozens of destroyed homes

TEXARKANA, Texas (KTAL/KMSS) – Dozens of trees fell in the Beverly neighborhood of Texarkana in the wake of Monday’s storm. Fortunately, no serious injuries were reported in Texarkana.

Still, fallen trees lay across roads and hit power lines and houses.

City crews are working to clear streets, SWEPCO is working on power lines, and many homeowners are beginning the road to rebuilding.

“We’re trying to get some people to come out here and get estimates on how much it cost to take the roof off and try to see how we can salvage something here,” said Damian Finley, a Beverly resident who had his home hit by a tree.

He is one of many residents who say the intensity of the storm took them by surprise.

“When it happened, I was walking into the dining room and looking out the window, you could see the trees were in really bad shape. The wind was getting really strong, picking up,” Finley says, “So I rushed everyone out into the hallway and when we got into the hallway we heard a crack and the tree fell on us.”

Farrell Green owns a rental home in the neighborhood. He says he came to help his tenant and his neighbor after trees hit both of their homes.

“I got a phone call and she was very scared, and the lady next door, of course, was trapped. I had to cut the screen to help her out,” Green says.

Meanwhile, the Beverly Community Center is working to provide relief by distributing food boxes.

Kristi Kendrick is the president of Amachi Vision Corps and is working to facilitate relief at the community center.

She says, “We know that a lot of people don’t have power, which means they’ve probably run out of food and things like that. That’s why we’re here to serve and we’re sponsored by Harvest Regional Food Bank.”

This is another example of how the community comes together in the face of tragedy.

“My God, this is what I live for. My purpose is to serve, and whenever the community needs it and I can help, here I am,” says Kendrick.