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Loving father hands newborn to neighbor after tornado, “Her little hand was cold”

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on January 2, 2016 by saynsumthn

Christmas is often a time of joy and laughter but for many this week disastrous storms turned the holiday into a season of tears. Among several heart wrenching stories, one that involved the love of a caring father emerged after his newborn baby girl became one of the 11 victims killed during Christmas weekend’s deadly outbreak of devastating tornadoes in North Texas. The baby’s father, injured and bleeding, had one request for his neighbor – to take his baby to the hospital.

In a hard hit area just north of Dallas, a rural Collin county family gathered to celebrate the arrival of their newborn baby girl just days earlier. Jose Daniel Santillano along with his wife Zuleyma and 4 children were among many families whose peaceful day after Christmas was suddenly ended by a tornado throwing their mobile home approximately a hundred feet from where it originally stood.

Screen grab from a Dallas CBS news story

Screen grab from a Dallas CBS news story

Neighbor, Debralee King explained to CBSDFW what happened just after the storm passed as she saw the baby’s father running toward her carrying the newborn lovingly in his arms.

“At first I didn’t realize what was going on,” she said. “I thought they were glad the storm was over.” King explained, she heard the baby’s father beg her to take his little daughter to the hospital immediately.

It’s like he trusted me with her,” King told an NBC Dallas affilliate. “He wanted me to take her to the hospital. He was frantic. His wife was still trapped at the end of the house inside. He was running across the road with his baby saying, ‘Please help me, take her to the hospital.’ He was hysterical,” she said.

Texas Tornado newborn dies

King was stunned at first, that the man would hand his child over to her, but the loving father had other family members he needed to rescue and he knew his daughter needed help. To most people like myself who watched the devastation unfold as we sat just miles from danger, the loving and trusting response of this father was overwhelming. The emotional story of Jose Daniel Santillano swept through the Texas news sites, but, tragically, the news was not good. Although the baby’s father and mother both suffered injuries and needed to be hospitalized, and their three other children made it out without harm, their 2-day-old newborn identified later as Aeleyah Santillano did not survive.

“I was holding her little fingers, When they’re little they like to curl their little fingers around you. Her little hand was cold…I kept saying please baby, please baby be okay I did the best I could but now begin to think it wasn’t enough it’s just haunting,” King said.

Captain Jim Moody of the Collin County sheriff’s department said that it was unclear whether Aleya Santillano died in the tornado or had briefly survived but the family was devastated with their loss. According to reports, a Blue Ridge church has volunteered to let the Santillanos stay in an empty parsonage while they recover.

Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station Berm Collapses, Two Buildings Flooded

Posted in News, Nuke Plant with tags , , , , , on June 27, 2011 by saynsumthn

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ABC News 6/26/2011: A berm at a nuclear power plant in Fort Calhoun, Neb., collapsed early this morning, allowing Missouri River flood waters to reach containment buildings and transformers and forcing the shutdown of electrical power.

Tonight, backup generators are cooling the nuclear material at the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station.

The plant has not operated since April, and officials say there is no danger to the public.

A spokesman for the Omaha Public Power District, Jeff Hanson, told The Associated Press that the breached berm wasn’t critical to protecting the plant, though a crew will look at whether it can be patched.

“That was an additional layer of protection we put in,” Hanson said.

Nevertheless, federal inspectors are on the scene, and the federal government is so concerned the head of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is headed to the plant.

There was no protecting thousands of homes in Minot, N.D., where massive flooding of the Souris River hit its peak today, flooding more than 4,000 homes, including Leslie Dull’s.

“When you actually see your house,” Dull said, “and you know it’s not just your basement, it’s your whole house, it’s–

“I’m sorry,” she said, as she broke down crying.

There is some good news: The river in Minot, N.D., peaked two feet lower than expected. However, it is nearly 13 feet above flood stage and it is expected to stay near that level for days.

“It could be two to four to six weeks, or more, before the water actually goes back into it’s banks … [and] before [residents] get to come and see their houses,” Brig. Gen. Bill Seekins of the North Dakota National Guard told ABC News during a tour through the flooded areas.

Sgt. Dave Dodds of the North Dakota National Guard said heavy rains on Saturday will keep the river at its historic crest for longer than expected.

“Authorities were hoping for maybe a day or two before it started to recede, but you can add maybe an additional 24 hours onto that,” Dodds said.

Minot Mayor Curt Zimbelman said the devastation may be even greater than expected.

“I think we’re going to reach probably 4,500 [homes] before this is all done, where we’ve got a lot of water on these homes,” Zimbelman said.

Randy Nelson and his wife just bought a camper, knowing their house is flooded. They currently are living in a shopping center parking lot, powerless to do anything but wait.

He said the hardest part is “patience … not knowing where you are going to live. It’s tough.”

But there have been victories. ABC News watched Koni Aho race to build a berm around her restaurant down river from Minot. Twenty-four hours later there was still no water in the restaurant.

“I was bound and determined,” she said. “I don’t care. I said, ‘It’s just dirt. We can move it.'”

Forecasters said scattered storms were in today’s forecast, but the worst part of the storm will likely to be south and east of the Souris River Basin.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Officials were building and re-enforcing levees in the towns of Sawyer and Velvenau in fear that all the water that has been coming through Minot will swamp the two towns.

As residents and officials brace for the worst, acts of generosity were seen throughout the community.

Garages were turned into storage units for flood victims and families and churches opened their doors to other displaced community members.

“For the rest of the country, that is kind of mind-boggling. But … that’s how we are in North Dakota,” Sen. John Hoeven told the Associated Press.

Evangelical Lutheran pastor Mike Johnson said he was too preoccupied with helping other people that he wasn’t sure the condition of his belongings after being evacuated from the flood zone the previous week.

But Lutherans in a neighboring town stepped in and took care of his files and equipment in his office.

“They just showed up on Tuesday and carted stuff off for us,” Johnson told the Associated Press.

Apartment balcony collapsed right from underneath pregnant woman and boyfriend

Posted in News with tags , , , , on January 4, 2011 by saynsumthn

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