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Hamby, other Big Country residents clean up after high winds damage homes

By Jennifer Kendall, jkendall@ktxs.com
Published On: Jun 18 2013 10:40:54 PM CDT
Updated On: Jun 19 2013 08:56:32 PM CDT
HAMBY, Texas -

People across town spent Tuesday cleaning up after Monday night’s storm that swept through Abilene and surrounding areas.

Winds were clocked at more than 80 mph in some places. One of those places was Hamby, just north of Abilene.

Hamby residents said they hunkered down Monday as strong winds ripped through their area.

"The whole house was shaking. I mean I thought at one point that it was going to blow it completely off its supports," said Everett Britton, whose home was damaged in the storm. 

Judy and Bill Traweek were in Mississippi when a neighbor called to tell them about the damage to their camper and house. 

The Traweeks said the wind from Monday night’s storm blew their camper into the garage. The walls from the garage were blown out and are on the ground. The camper is holding up the roof of the garage.

"You can't change it. You can't do anything about it. You can just repair it and go on,” Judy said.

The Traweeks also lost two storage sheds during the storm.  Some of their belongings held in those sheds were blown as far as a quarter mile away.

Tuesday the Traweeks searched their yard for pictures and other irreplaceable items. The Traweeks said they think their camper will be a total loss, but they haven't received a damage estimate on their house yet.

Other residents in Hamby spent the day making repairs where they could.

Everett Britton said he hates to complain about the rain, but he certainly could have done without the damage.

"We definitely needed the rain, we definitely did, didn't need it inside the house, but we sure needed it on the property," Britton said.