Office of the Governor Rick Perry

Gov. Perry’s Remarks on the Granbury Storm Damage

*Note - Gov. Perry frequently departs from prepared remarks.
Friday, May 17, 2013  •  Austin, Texas  •  Speech

Good afternoon.

First off, I'd like to thank local officials here, including Sheriff Roger Deeds, for taking the time to meet with me today during what's been, undoubtedly, some of the most challenging days of their tenures.

Even more, I'd like to thank the members of this community who shared their own stories with me in the midst of tragedy and destruction.

What always amazes me on visits like this is how fast lives can totally change.

Just two days ago, these streets were lined with houses not unlike any others you might find anywhere in Texas.

In them, strong families were facing and overcoming the challenges of their daily lives at work and school, putting food on the table, caring for one another and just living life.

A tornado can turn all that upside down, literally, in a span of mere minutes.

Many of those houses today are in ruins; just wood, glass and insulation on a concrete slab, all mixed in with the memories and mementoes collected throughout a lifetime.

Those houses can, and will be replaced, but there's no replacing the loss of friends and family who were lost to the storm.

I know it's hard to accept the loss of loved ones and nothing anyone can say can make that any easier.

It doesn't diminish those tragic losses one bit to be thankful that things weren't even worse.

A storm of this size and winds of those speeds kill and destroy anything in their path without discrimination.

Once again, Texans were well-served by our first responders who searched out survivors, provided first aid to those who needed it and got those who were in harm's way to safety.

I've said many times that Texas has the best emergency response team in the country, from our local officials right up to our state leadership.

As a state, Texas sent personnel to assist with search and rescue operations and we stand ready to provide any other assistance Granbury and the surrounding areas may need.


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