Family cleans up after tornado hits pecan orchard

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At the Montz Home Orchard, who produces pecans for the Pecan Shed, they have been hard at work cleaning up a mess left behind by the tornado that swept through Charlie.

Montz estimates that he lost about 300 trees in the storm that blew through Charlie, but Montz said you can always replace trees, what you can’t replace are lives of loved ones.

Tim Montz owns the Montz Home Orchard and has been out here for more than 30 years and being out on the farm for that long, Montz has seen his fair share of bad weather.

“Farming’s a big risk. Last year we froze out so we didn’t have but ten percent of our crop and we were thinking about how good the crop looked this year and then there’s always mother nature kind of throws a curve in things,” Montz said.

A curve, like a tornado. The Montz Orchard took a direct hit by a tornado that made its way through another orchard before barreling through Montz’s trees. Montz watched as it headed straight towards him.

“We was watching off the back porch where we could see it coming from the south, we could see it coming and as it got to the orchard it got really loud and so I said we better get in the storm closet,” Montz said.

This isn’t Montz’s first rodeo.

“This is actually the third tornado I’ve been through with pecan orchards. I had one in 95 that was worse than this and it took out about 900 trees,” Montz said.

Montz said he plans on tearing out the damaged trees and burning them, starting the long process of rebuilding for the third time.

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