Bryan hammered by tornado, flooding

A tornado ripped through several neighborhoods on Thursday damaging dozens of homes in Bryan and College Station.

BRYAN, TEXAS - The Bryan/College Station area was pounded by heavy rain, high winds and at least one tornado Thursday afternoon.

Dozens of homes were damaged in the Wheeler Ridge subdivision and at least three were destroyed, according to Bryan police.

"After you get three blocks on either side, there's not much damage. But boy, right through the middle here, everything is wiped out." said Patty Ponzio, whose home was one of those destroyed by the tornado.

"I didn't even know there was a tornado until I got here. Then I had no roof on top of my living room." she said. "The ceiling is falling down little by little. There's almost nothing left of the ceiling."

Ponzio and her family had lived in the home for the last 29 years. 

In other areas, floodwaters left roads impassable.

Some students were kept after school because of the flooding. 

 

 

 

There have been no reports of injuries.

Texas A&M issued a Code Maroon alert just before 1 p.m. Thursday urging students to stay inside. 

 

 

There were no reports of damage on the campus, but our sister station KAGS said there is some flooding in that area. 

Bryan mayor, Jason Bienski, declared a local state of disaster for the city after the tornado damage and flooding, according to KAGS.


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