Continuing Coverage of Tornado Outbreaks in North Texas

Tornado Survivors Find Treasures in the Rubble

Granbury tornado survivors rejoice in finding items in destroyed homes

By Ray Villeda
|  Monday, May 20, 2013  |  Updated 10:38 AM CDT
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Gene May is among many Granbury residents returning to their homes on the Sunday after last week's deadly tornadoes.

Ray Villeda, NBC 5

Gene May is among many Granbury residents returning to their homes on the Sunday after last week's deadly tornadoes.

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Amid the destruction caused last Wednesday by the tornado that killed six of her neighbors, you will find Gene May.

One of the first things May did was get the flag from a pole, so that it didn’t fall to the ground.

“I can't let the flag, where it's going to, touch the ground. There's no way. This is my flag,” said May.

Her home was leveled by the EF- tornado, but the one thing left standing was the closet where she took cover.

“I am shocked it's still standing and that it protected me,” said May. “Whenever I crawled in there and felt that hardwood, I felt like Jesus was right there with his arms wrapped around me.”

Under all the debris scattered on her lot, we witnessed her find something priceless.

“My daddy's picture, oh, my daddy's picture. Now I'm fixing to cry. My daddy's been gone since '91!” said May. “Now the tears are going to come, I didn't think I would see any pictures of my family.”

May, despite losing her home, is still feeling blessed.

“I'm thankful for what I got, for the things I'm finding that still mean something.”

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