BEAUMONT - For 11 years the Vega family lived in their Pipkin Street home. In one night, Tropical Storm Cindy destroyed the front of their house.
18-year-old Juan Vega says he appreciated neighbors and friends helping them clean up and salvage anything they could from the home early on Thursday.
"It feels really good inside to know that you're not alone, there's people in the community from family to close friends that came and helped, and it means a lot, it's also a really hard weight on us," Vega said.
It’s a weight that Vega and his mother have carried for the past two years after Vega’s father became disabled.
"It was either house insurance or we ate at home, and we had to because of my dad's situation, so everything's just hard for anything like that,” Vega said.
Beaumont Fire Rescue says ground saturation beneath the tree caused it to tip over.
The Vega family says they're thankful that the community is supporting them in their time of need.
"I'm just so grateful for the people that helped us today and that continues to help us because it's greatly appreciated," Vega said.
Vega and his parents are staying with family at this time until they can further assess the damage to their home.
You can find the GoFundMe for the Vega family here.
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