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Brushy Creek tree damage (1)

BRUSHY CREEK AREA UPROOTED TREE — This huge tree on some property in a limited part of the Brushy Creek area not only fell itself but knocked down an adjacent tree. — Courtesy Photo

Surprise storm wreaks damage

to parts of Brushy Creek area

(Editor’s Note: An unexpected spring storm blew through part of the Brushy Creek area on Monday, May 10 and one of the area residents described the damage and the response of the neighborhood and others who responded to the recovery effort.  Thanks to Mrs. Gigi Selman for her contributions and pictures. )

Special to The Frankston Citizen Online

Although rain, and even storms, had been in the forecast, a small section of Brushy Creek was not prepared for what blew into their area.

This odd storm just hit the small area of Anderson county roads 435, 437 and 4371 off of FM 837, witnesses said.   

“The weather took a crazy turn, and surprised a few of the country residents,” Gigi Selman said. 

Most of the area received the normal storm that was expected, a little rain and wind as usual. They were very surprised when they drove a little way down the road to find the amount of damage around them. 

At around 4 p.m. on Monday, May 10, there came a sudden storm, far worse than what was expected. There was a deluge of hail along with high winds and rain. It happened so fast that one resident, Mrs. Selman, found herself running around the house trying to figure out what to do for protection. 

“The noise of tree limbs hitting the house was frightening,” she said.  “Looking out the window, there was debris flying around and the rain was coming down in sheets.When I looked out the window and saw our flagpole bending, I knew this storm was not normal. "

In a panic, Mrs. Selman said she knew she needed to get a plan. 

“Every room in our house has an outside wall, so there is no safe place to hunker down,” she said. “There is one small hall, with four doors to close, that has always been the go-to spot when we would get a tornado warning. I threw pillows and blankets in there, to make a safety nest. Of course, I knew this was not actually a safe place, but it was all I had.”

Mrs. Selman described the storm and its effects:

“The storm appeared suddenly, wreaked its havoc, and was over quickly.  All of those receiving the wrath of this ‘freaky’ storm, found it hard to describe. Hail was piled up everywhere, and yards were covered in tree limbs and other debris. That was only what was visible from their homes.  As they ventured out, they found that the roads, especially FM 837, had many trees down, blocking the way for cars to pass.  CR 437 and CR 4371 also needed much attention.”  

Brushy Creek is a small community, but it is blessed with neighbors who jump into action at the first sign of damage, Mrs. Selman observed.

“Many trees, large ones, were completely uprooted,” she said. “Neighbors grabbed their chain saws and got to work.”

Going to check on their property and pastures, the Selmans found a great amount of damage from fallen trees.

“We had many trees uprooted, which had fallen and broken several fences, Mrs. Selman reported. “A few treetops were twisted off, which seemed to indicate strong winds. One tree was uprooted, blocking the driveway of Adam Selman.  It had broken a large section of the fence there. His yard was full of shingles, and he said that he didn’t know where a couple of his deck chairs were.” 

Across the highway, at the home place of Larry and Gigi Selman, there were trees blocking the road to their house and to the Olive Branch Cemetery.  On their property there were three huge trees completely uprooted, one of them falling to take down another tree with it. Some trees had to be tended to immediately because of the fences down on land with livestock. They said that others will just have to wait.

“Pictures taken show the sizes of the trees and the terrible mess this storm made,” Mrs. Selman said.  

A large tree also fell on one of the buildings on the property of Andrew and Sunni Lou Adair, it was reported.

“Sunni Lou says that all the goats were safe because they hid under their little barn,” Mrs. Selman said.

There was a heavy, eerie fog at the end of the storm that blanketed the area for a long time, which Mrs. Selman said had added to the danger of traveling the roads. 

 “The crew of county workers showed up immediately with their equipment to begin the task of clearing the roads,”she said. “It was not an easy job, but they stayed until all roads were passable for the community. Their hard work and quick action is much appreciated by all of the Brushy Creek residents.” 

After two days of clearing trees and getting all the tree limbs and debris out of the yards, another storm came through on Tuesday evening, adding more rain and flooding in the area.  

“I just really need the sun to shine soon,” Mrs. Selman said. “Maybe that will help save some of the plants and flowers that were beaten down by the storm.”

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FISD trustees okay renovation

bids to football, baseball fields 

Frankston School trustees Monday, April 26 voted for two plans for athletic fields renovations, were against two, and took no action on four more, according to a report received Tuesday, April 27.

The board approved a football field athletic renovation bid proposal without artificial turf provided by Symmetry. The project includes track, stands, parking lot and ticket booth at a cost of $1,065,000 and a football field renovation proposal provided by Sports Field Solutions with a cost of $112,722. Voting for were Brian Merritt, Dustin Holladay, Tim Brumley and Bob Whitehurst. Against were Ryan Bizzell, Joe Reed and Junior Mascorro.

Trustees also approved a baseball field renovation proposal bid provided by Sports Field Solutions with a cost of $598,502. For the proposal were Merritt, Holladay, Whitehurst and Brumley and against were Bizzell, Reed and Mascorro.

The trustees voted against a complete athletic renovation proposal bid by Symmetry with a total cost of $3,650,982. Merritt, Holladay and Whitehurst voted for and Brumley, Bizzell, Reed and Mascorro were against.

The board also voted against an athletic renovation proposal provided by Symmetry which included artificial turf football field, the track, stands, parking lot and ticket booth at a cost of $2,384,080. Voting for were Merritt, Holladay and Whitehurst. Against were Brumley, Bizzell, Reed and Mascorro.

No action was taken on a baseball/softball field athletic renovation proposal bid by Symmetry which would cost $1,669,526, a baseball field grading proposal bid provided by Long’s Irrigation Co., Inc. which would cost $20,879.50, a track renovation proposal bid to scrape and replace provided by Symmetry at a cost of $210,136, a visitor bleacher proposal bid provided by Symmetry at a cost of $442,680 and a proposal to replace wood with metal on existing bleachers at a cost of $40,000.

In other action, the board approved FISD teacher contracts for the 2021-2022 school year.

The board approved consent items which included Remote Homebound Instruction Waiver and certification that FISD will use the 2021-2022 Instructional Materials Allotment to satisfy the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) curriculum.

School principals gave reports on their campus activities.

Elementary Principal Melanie Blackwell recognized Pre-K Outstanding Indians Jase Johnson and Valerie Ruiz. She also reported enrollment of 336.

Middle School Principal Cindy Owens recognized achievements of various students.

In the Junior Visual Arts Scholastic Event (VASE), students and their art results were recognized. Ella Dowling received an excellent; Ashlyen Crow two excellents; Kammie Howard an excellent and perfect score; Katelyn Abbott an excellent; Evie Freeze an excellent and a strong; Chloe Hedger a strong; Lauren Shults, an excellent and a perfect score; Angelyna Gonzales a strong and Waylon Lookabaugh an excellent and a perfect score. Titles of the Platinum Medal Winners, Division 1 were: The Boundary Line — Lauren Shults, Armin — Ashlyen Crow and Cosmos — Waylon Lookabaugh.

Gunner Vinzant was congratulated for winning fourth place with his Class 3 Santa Gertrudis at the Henderson County Livestock Show and participants in the Anderson County Livestock Show were recognized. The seventh and eighth grade boys and girls track teams and the seventh grade boys were congratulated for their District 19-AA championships and the eight grade boys for taking second place.

Middle School Gifted and Talented (GT) scholarship winners were recognized. They are Aidan Dsouza and Lauren Shultes.  Both received scholarships provided by Region 7 for summer camps, D’Souza at LeTourneau University in Coding and Shults at the Texas A&M Sea Camp in Coastal Ecology.

Mrs. Owens reported enrollment at 195 with 69 sixth graders, 67 seventh and 59 eight graders.   (See Complete Article HERE )

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