(Beaumont, TX)- In an area used to having ample warning to an impending storm, Tuesday’s EF-1 tornado that hit the west end of Beaumont was a major shock. Most residents were thoroughly unaware of the twister that loomed overhead around lunchtime. The sky was dark but not ominous and there was only a light sprinkling of rain. It wasn’t until the electricity went off in Beaumont that people began questioning where the storm was.
Rumors were buzzing that a tornado hit Park Dale Mall, just a few minutes from The Salvation Army Corps, and that cars were piled 3 deep in Wal-Mart’s parking lot. Now, there was no denying, a tornado indeed paid Beaumont a visit.
One thing people in Southeast Texas are learning is that when disaster strikes The Salvation Army will be there to help aid and assist those in need.
Within hours of the disaster, our mobile canteen was on the scene with water, snacks and a shoulder to lean on. Fortunately no lives were lost, only a few injuries and damage was contained to a few businesses, Kohl’s and Wal-Mart were hit the hardest but several other stores suffered damage as well.
Tuesday night, The Salvation Army served around 240 snacks and drinks to restoration teams and store employees. Yesterday morning 125 snacks and drinks were given out and 125 hot dogs, chips and drinks were provided for lunch. “We’ll stay at least through Thursday,” promised Major Floiran Estrada officer in charge of the Beaumont Corps. “We want the people of this fine community to know that will not let them down, no matter what the circumstances.”