Bastrop woman loses home in weekend storm

Mandi Miller feels lucky to be alive after storms, with 75 mph winds and hail, blew through her River Chase community home early Saturday morning.

"I was scared to death." Miller said, "I was just praying and that I made it through because the whole house was shaking and rocking back and forth. We heard hail busting through the windows then it sounded like a freight train and then we heard the tree collapse."

A tree, sitting in her front yard, collapsed right into her three children's bedroom, destroying most of what was inside. Mandi's aunt, Dorothy Haywood-Dockery, was one of the first to come and check on her.

"Oh my god, I almost started crying." Haywood-Dockery said, "I was like 'thank God the kids were at the grandparents house' or it could've been something really bad," she said.

Although no one was hurt, Mandi and her family are without power, water, and a place to stay.

"The house is no longer livable. It's shifted off (its foundation) completely," Miller said.

Although the Miller's family foundation has been rocked, they are grateful to still be together.

"I'm very thankful. I can't even express how thankful I am. I just thank God. This could have been really bad," Haywood-Dockery said.

Mandi said she does not have insurance and will have try to replace the personal items that were lost.

"I didn't know if we were going to make it. I'm just glad that we are alive," she said.

As for where she and her children will stay, Mandi does not yet know. She has been in contact with the Red Cross and is waiting to hear back
 

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