Kingwood and the Lake Houston area experienced a torrential storm with destructive wind and rain Friday, May 3. An Humble ISD teacher was killed as a result of the storm damage.
– Storm brings severe damage to the Lake Houston area –
The storm hit the community at approximately 4:30 p.m., bringing severe rain and wind.
The rain brought a power loss to most of the community with traffic signals out on most major thoroughfares. Cars inched through the clogged streets as emergency vehicles drove the wrong way down streets in order to reach distress calls.
The crash happened after several storm cells swept through Waller, Montgomery and north Harris County with multiple confirmed tornadoes, hail and flooded streets in the area.
Amy Woodeshick, a 25-year-old Groves Elementary teacher, was driving a black Jeep Liberty westbound when her vehicle changed lanes, went off the roadway and crashed into a grassy ditch in the 4700 block of Kingwood Drive. She taught 6th grade English at Humble Middle School last year, and was a Groves fourth grade teacher this school year.
Police believe Woodeshick’s vehicle struck a large downed tree branch before the vehicle left the road about 8:30 p.m. Friday. Officials gave a press conference the morning of May 4 and confirmed it was a one-vehicle accident. Witnesses saw it occur and called 911. The Houston Fire Department reached the scene first with the Houston Police Department arriving soon after.
The officer said a large tree, which apparently had been blown down during the storm earlier, was blocking one lane of the street and apparently, some drivers were attempting to go around it. It is not known at this time how the accident happened.
Woodeshick was taken to Ben Taub Hospital where she later died.
Damage was extensive throughout the community with many downed trees, loss of electricity and flooded cars. Some parts of Kingwood High School flooded during the storm, according to the principal.
Dr. Michael Nasra said nearby storm drains flooded and about 3-4 inches of water leaked through the athletic entrances.
“Water spread across flooring in the weight room, athletics classroom and training room,” Dr. Nasra said in a letter to parents.
Fencing near the track and tennis courts were also damaged as was carpet in the orchestra storage room.
Some students and staff helped clean up the mess left behind from the storms.
Humble ISD has crews assessing the damages.
The school will be open Monday, Narsa said.
Kingwood High School was destroyed during Hurricane Harvey. The entire school had to be remodeled.
Humble ISD is providing counselors at Groves Elementary when school resumes May 6. The following letter was sent to parents:
We are devastated to share tragic news. Fourth grade teacher Amy Woodeshick died last night after a car accident on Kingwood Drive, where the storm caused trees to snap and fall. Amy, 25, graduated from Concordia Lutheran High School in Tomball and the University of Houston. She completed student teaching at Shadow Forest Elementary School, taught 6th grade English at Humble Middle School last year, and was a Groves fourth grade teacher this school year. She loved helping children learn and grow, and she made many students’ school days bright. We are in with her parents, and service arrangements are pending. Counselors will be available on campus Monday for any staff or students needing support. Thank you for keeping Ms. Woodeshick’s family in your thoughts and prayers.