Athens Review, Athens, Texas

April 1, 2013

Trees uprooted

Early Saturday storm rips through Athens

Kathi Nailling
The Athens Review

Athens — Last weekend saw severe weather throughout Henderson County.   Saturday morning at about 3 a.m., a storm ripped through Athens knocking trees to the ground and damaging property.

The second storm came through on Sunday morning with high winds and hail. Pea-sized hail was reported in Gun Barrel City and around other parts of the county. The rain soaking that Henderson County received over the weekend was much-needed rain. The damage from the wind was not such a welcome surprise.

A tree that was uprooted on England Street in Athens landed on top of two cars parked in a driveway. More damage came  when a tree barely missed a car and home on Lane Street also in Athens.

According to Henderson County Sheriff Ray Nutt, the sheriff's department was not called out on many storm-related calls.

The rain has yet to help the lake level at Cedar Creek Lake. Friday, the level was 318.47 feet, and on Monday, the level was 318.57. That puts the lake 3.43 feet down from normal levels.  To reach capacity, the lake will need to reach a level of 322 feet.

The extended forecast is calling for more rain with an 80-percent chance on Tuesday and 60-percent chance on Wednesday. High winds do not appear to be a factor in this week's weather forecast.