Storms quickly ripped through Liberty County Monday evening. As it crossed FM 770 and along FM 2518, the intense weather left a path of destruction that continued through the Tarkington area, damaging many homes. Trees were uprooted and power lines dangled across the roadways in the area, and with Tarkington Fire Department occupied at a house fire on CR 306, crews from other areas were forced to move in to help. On County Road 2212, Hardin Fire Department stood by waiting for line crews as power lines snapped under the weight of falling trees trees.
In the Tarkington Mobile Home Park on FM 2518, Jim Booth was in his home when baseball-sized hail started impacting his home. He and his daughter stood in the kitchen, where dinner was being prepared, when a large oak tree uprooted outside and came crashing through the living room roof above Booth’s wife. Two major limbs landed on each side of the chair she was sitting in, but both her and Booth’s suffered only minor injuries. All were removed by Tarkington Fire Fighters and Liberty County EMs, where the wife and daughter were transported to Kingwood Hospital in stable condition.
Booth, who had just filled the cabinets and freezer with groceries on the first of the month wondered what he was going to do. The freezer and any food inside was destroyed, the power cannot be turned back on, and the home is ultimately no longer livable. In the past, Booth claims an insurance agent told him that person could not insure a mobile home if they were renting; he now has no insurance or family to stay with.
At 8 p.m., the American Red Cross was called but a return call still has not come through.
Booth was able to save his two dogs but was not able to locate his three cats. Just before 9 p.m., all three came out of hiding and were uninjured.