City of Franklin continues to rebuild after EF-3 tornado


Strong winds moved through Roberston county on Wednesday night, but didn’t cause anymore significant damge in Franklin.

There were reports of trees being knocked down and also some minor flooding, but nothing compared to the EF-3 tornado with 140 mph winds that rolled through last Saturday.

“The storms were horrible last night. I mean, the winds were horrible. It was so bad,” says Brandon Richardson, Franklin resident.

Saturday’s EF-3 tornado left Richardson without a home. As the storms moved through early Thursday morning, he was in a Bryan hotel.

“It stormed up here when I came home today to check the house. We had trash that, pretty much, debris, all in my yard. And on my porch and everything,” Richardson explains. “Last night, the storm blew off the tarp and everything. So it was pretty bad. So we are trying to get through this and keep going.”

Richardson has been living in Franklin for the past five yeras.

“Just hate to see it being torn down. Kind of hurt our feelings a little bit. But we can rebuild,” Richardson says.

Richardson was at home with his family when the tornado went through.

“We had all the doors closed and then we had mattresses on top of us. And once we felt the storm hit the house and the house shaking, everybody started crying and praying and everything. We could feel the house separating from the floor,” Roberston describes.

He says they lost a lot of their belongings.

“But the main thing was that nobody was hurt. You know, material stuff, we can replace that,” Richardson says.

Bill Johnson with Johnson Roofing has been volunteering all week putting down tarp. He raced against the storms last night.

“A lot of these homes would have been flooded out last night from that big rain. We worked hard,” Johnson says.

Parts of Robertson county saw as much as two and a half inches.

“In time, they will need more rain. Yes m’aam. But they have had plenty right now. I saw Noah float by an arc awhile ago, pretty much filled up right now,” Johnson says.

“I thank everybody. Especially the community of Franklin and all the surrounding areas that has helped out,” Richardson says.

To donate to the Franklin Tornado Relief, you can donate through Facebook by clicking here. You can drop off money donationsat the South Star Bank in Franklin.

Food donations are being taken at the Brazos Valley Food Bank in honor of the Franklin Food Pantry since it was destroyed by the tornado.

A GoFundMe has been set up to help the Franklin Drive Thru Safari, you can find it by clicking here.

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