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Caddo Mounds - Neches Bluff Tornado

Post by saustin1967 » Mon Apr 15, 2019 12:29 pm

For anyone interested, and those who have camped with us in the Davy Crockett NF at Neches Bluff.
An EF3 Tornado hit that area this past Saturday, scores of people injured, three deceased.
Caddo Mounds had an event going on, and there was not an y warning.
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Post by BigJesse » Mon Apr 15, 2019 12:34 pm

Wow, everything okay with you and yours?

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Post by saustin1967 » Mon Apr 15, 2019 12:38 pm

BigJesse wrote:
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Wow, everything okay with you and yours?

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Yeah, some roof damage at my inlaws, some trees down.
All good at my house, wife said there were some scary moments Saturday.
Power was out until 7:30 Sunday morning.
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Post by BigJesse » Mon Apr 15, 2019 12:48 pm

That's insane. If It hadn't been for the gathering it's very possible we would have been at Neches Bluff that weekend.

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Post by saustin1967 » Mon Apr 15, 2019 12:50 pm

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That's insane. If It hadn't been for the gathering it's very possible we would have been at Neches Bluff that weekend.

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Re: Caddo Mounds - Neches Bluff Tornado

Post by YoungBlacksmith » Mon Apr 15, 2019 5:10 pm

Holy cow! The picture of Hwy 21 is very telling of the damage, and the path looks like it went right over the bluff!
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Post by saustin1967 » Thu Apr 25, 2019 5:31 pm

http://www.ktre.com/2019/04/25/thousand ... tornadoes/

Looks like everything from Walnut Creek back to Neches Bluff is closed. Massive devastation to the Davy Crockett NF

Really thankful we were not camping there that weekend.


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Post by BigJesse » Thu Apr 25, 2019 5:38 pm

Going to be interesting to see what it looks like once everything has settled down.

There are a lot of private houses scattered out there too, hopefully got out of there in time.
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Re: Caddo Mounds - Neches Bluff Tornado

Post by YoungBlacksmith » Tue May 28, 2019 6:05 pm

I had to travel from Nacogdoches to Crockett, and the only way is using Hwy 21. Things were looking just fine until I hit Alto, and I started to see signs of new roofs. As I passed downtown Alto the frequency of new roof became greater, and there were even a few houses just totally blown down, piles of rubble, lumber, and personal belongings strewn around the yards. The Mission in town was intact, it looked the same. About 6-8 houses totally gone, a tin car repair garage had the roof peeled off.

As I left Alto there were highway signs telling of work ahead. About a mile out of town they had shut down to one lane, with tree workers cleaning up the sides of the road still. Plenty of trees down, but nothing horrible. A mile or so of that, and it was two lanes again. As you approach the Caddo Mounds State Historic Site, there is an intersection, towards Weeping Mary. Used to be a few shacks on that corner. It was nothing but dirt and a smoking rubble pile. CMSHS used to have a small building and a reproduction Caddo thatch house and garden. All gone, just a few metal poles from the building and a bit of roof framework. It was hard to recognize it really.

Then, as I started down into the river bottom, it really whalloped my senses. Piles of trees, and I mean piles, fill the ditches on both sides of the road as you head down in elevation. I used to like coming this way, you could imagine the Caddo indians living here, fishing and hunting the river bottom. Not any more!

Once you hit the river bottom area, all you see is this:

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What used to be a mature forest is now a mess of 10'-20' tall stumps, twisted trees, brush, and lots of seemingly open sky. Anything of size was snapped off. Anything flexible was pushed around. A few huge trees remain, but they have been stripped of most of the limbs, and will probably die. This was one lane as well right at the river, and I couldn't even see the river through all the tangled mess. As they waved me through I started looking for the road to Neches Bluff, but totally missed it due to the change of scenery. There was no forest. All the trees on the road up were gone, pushed over, the road is heavily traveled by logging trucks.

As I passed that and realized what it was, I came up to the Pepper Tree. Planted in the 1840's I think, still alive, heavily marked by flagging tape to ensure it stays. It was small before, but it's about average size now that all the surrounding forest has been molested. And then you're into the normal DCNF forest of tall pines and mixed hardwoods, towering over the road. No further signs of damage.

When I pass that way again I'll update this, but I hope to not pass through for another month or more. If Hwy 21 is fully cleared, I'll venture up to Neches Bluff, but I don't want to interfere with any logging trucks or road cleanup.
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