VIDEO: Storm cleanup begins in DFW

Published on Friday, 9 May 2014 10:45 - Written by

Former President George W. Bush called Russian President Vladimir Putin a man with a huge chip on his shoulder who is capitalizing on the weaknesses of other nations and looking to create a sphere of influence.

Bush, who is now 67 and who served as the 43rd president from 2001 to 2009, spoke to a full crowd Thursday during Grace Community School’s Fortieth Anniversary Celebration at The University of Texas at Tyler’s Herrington Patriot Center.

The former president answered questions from Grace Headmaster Jay Ferguson and addressed topics such as leadership, his Christian faith, his work with wounded warriors and the work of the George W. Bush Institute in Dallas.

Regarding leadership, he shared several principles to live by. He encouraged the students to: find people who know what they don’t know and listen to those people; to understand that culture matters when running an institution — it can’t be about an individual but should be about a cause or principle; decision making has to be based on principles and not chasing popularity; start meetings on time and surround themselves with people who can laugh.

 

Homeowners, businesses and utility crews began cleaning up around the Dallas-Fort Worth area this morning after savage thunderstorms with winds of up to 70 mph tore through North Texas, leaving widespread damage in their wake.

The storms Thursday afternoon toppled large trees, tore holes in warehouse roofs and peeled away the front wall of a church. In west Dallas, the wind flipped a semi-truck trailer.

By Friday morning, about 200 homes remained without power in the area, according to Oncor — a significant improvement on the 34,000 homes reportedly in the dark Thursday afternoon.

Emergency workers rescued five teens from a rapidly filling creek in southern Dallas after up to 4 inches of rain flooded the stream.

A neighbor noticed the five teen boys, who had skipped school Thursday, in the Woody Branch Creek Thursday morning. It was unclear if they had been playing in the water or were swept into the creek. All five were taken to a hospital for evaluation.

Lt. Robert Brey of the Fire-Rescue swift water team said “They were very lucky to make it out OK. When you have that many who are still alive after being stuck in the water. It is pretty miraculous."

 

This morning’s featuredhttp://www.FocusInOn.Me photo gallery was taken by Jan Barton at the Tyler Civic Theatre’s Cheaper By The Dozen Dress Rehearsal. All of the photos are available for purchase. See the photos from this gallery and many more by clicking the Photos link at the top of any TylerPaper.Com page.