La Porte residents cleanup after tornado damages at least 70 homes

By Mark Boyle - Reporter

LA PORTE, Texas - A massive cleanup in La Porte will continue after a tornado with up to 115 mph winds damaged at least 70 homes on Saturday.

"The backyards are just ruined, everything, I have people's stuff in my backyard that I have no idea who it belongs to." said La Porte resident Bonnie Reinhart.

One resident's surveillance video in the Summer Winds Subdivision area captures the heavy wind and rain. The storm knocked down swing sets, wood fences and ripped off a roof.

Subriya Jadhav's home took the hardest hit and she and her two kids hunkered down in a bathroom during the storm.

"It was getting really, really bad and loud" said Jadhav. "It sounds like a gush of wind, something just blows you off, and you have no control over it."

The wind sent debris flying through the streets.

The storm snapped a wall of bricks in half. White insulation covered the ground.

"It's terrible, just unbelievable. I was shocked, very shocked." Jadhav said.

There were no major injuries reported.

All La Porte Schools will be closed Monday due to many of the school buildings being damaged in the storm.

Jennie Reid Elementary, which suffered some of the worst damage including water inside the building, will be closed Monday and Tuesday.

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