Seagraves Still Picking Up The Pieces After Storms

Seagraves Still Picking Up The Pieces After Storms

By Alexa Williams
NewsWest 9

SEAGRAVES: A state of disaster in Gaines County. This comes after a storm ripped through Seagraves last week.

"In the kitchen is where we had a new window and of course we had to take that out and the floor is already coming up," said Wade Ellis, a Seagraves resident who was affected by the storms.

Wade is just one of many who is working to pick up the pieces after the flood waters came pouring into his parents home last week. 

"The water came underneath the floors from the ground up and it started pushing everything up," said Ellis. 

The Ellis family told NewsWest 9 that the house had been in their family since the 40's but the flood waters came in and completely ruined their home. The family has been rebuilding for years and now they're just trying to save anything they can.

"We tried taking what was left of the cabinets and stuff like that. Anything we can salvage so we can try and put it in a new home," said Ellis. 

On Monday, a state of disaster was declared in Gaines County by Governor Greg Abbott. Meaning Seagraves can now use state resources to help with clean up efforts. 

"My biggest understanding with that is that we will now have access to low interest loans for these folks that had damage in their homes," said Brace Huse, the Mayor of Seagraves.

Huse adds that the town hasn't seen anything like this in 70 years. 

"What I'm told is that this storm is record," said Huse.

All the community can do is remain hopeful through this tragic time. 

"We're praying for the best and hopefully we'll get some help," said Ellis.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help the Ellis family. If you would like to help, click here.