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Odessa Residents Try to Clean Up After Storm

Nick Lawton
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - Brother and sister Darwin and Leona Robinson's lives came to a crashing halt as a powerful downburst crashed through their neighborhood Thursday night.

"I was watching the basketball game," Darwin said. "Nothing came across the news that said high winds or nothing."

"It just threw me over on my lawnmower," Leona said. "So when I realized what was going on, I just tucked my head because I thought it was a tornado and just stayed down and it just quit."

The storm quit just as quickly as it came but left them a parting gift.

"That tree right there just fell over. It just snapped," Darwin said.

The National Weather Service called it a downburst, a sinking column of air that, once it hits ground, explodes into straight-line of winds up 70 miles per hour.

Now only chainsaws and axes will clear their front yard again and residents are asking where the city response is.

The City of Odessa told NewsWest 9 no financial response was coming because that kind of response depends on how widespread the damage is and the damage itself.

The city said 12 trucks were working all day to clear streets but some residents told NewsWest 9 they were not receiving any cleaning help on their personal property.

But on street after street on the south side, trees remain uprooted and roofs remain ripped off, their pieces smashing into other homes.

Odessa residents are doing their best to fend for themselves.

"We've been waiting to get some help around here but if we don't do it ourselves it'll be just laying in the yard," Darwin said.

"I'm going to load it with my hands," Leona said. "Nobody came out even after the storm hit. Your van, the Stormchaser van, came down through here but nobody else."

The City of Odessa urges residents to seek help from the Red Cross or Odessa Links.

The phone number for Odessa Links is (432) 582-0099. The number for the Red Cross is (432) 563-2267.

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