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October 31, 2013

UPDATE: Bridge City tornado damage

Port Neches-Groves schools surveying for roof damage

BRIDGE CITY — Osborne Road in Bridge City is closed until further notice due to downed telephone poles as a result of a possible tornado that touched down Thursday morning, according to city manager Jerry Jones.

Entergy has dispatched several trucks to take care of the power lines, Jones said. In the meantime, he estimated that there are several hundred houses without power.

Most of the damage in Bridge City is confined to an area between FM 408 and FM 1442, Jones said. Several trees were lying across Rose Street, but as of noon Thursday, emergency officials had the street almost completely cleared. Jones added that much of the damage to homes he surveyed was not serious — mostly limbs, carports and garage doors.

"It didn't look like a tornado," Jones said. "It looked like straight-line wind."

All schools are without power and will likely close for the day, Jones said. The city will not run garbage collection between FM 408 and FM 1442 until Friday, due to containers that were scattered by the storm.

A tornado was spotted Thursday morning near Van Buren Elementary in Groves. Members of the staff put the district's crisis management into place immediately, Port Neches-Groves ISD Superintendent Rodney Cavness said.

"They did a fantastic job," Cavness said. "Nobody's hurt. Everybody's safe."

The PN-G ISD Maintenance Department is currently surveying the property to determine if any damage occurred. They are looking especially closely at the roof for possible leakage. Cavness said that the district planned to run the school day as normal.

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