Elderly couple loses RV home in powerful storm


AUSTIN (KXAN) — Lives are back to normal for most people who had homes and trees damaged by a powerful overnight storm two days ago. But for one family, it will take time and healing before it feels whole again.

Donna and Richard Steinbomer’s RV home ended up on its side Monday morning after a storm with straight-line winds ripped through their mobile home park in east Travis County. The KXAN First Warning Weather Team tracked peak gusts as high as 60 mph in some areas.

“This is the ceiling of what was their living room,” Auston Carlson, the couple’s 18-year old grandson, said. “My grandpa woke up from his sleep and he told my grandma, ‘you got to get your clothes on because this RV is about to tip over.'”

The family says the storm was moving south without any other trees or buildings in its path. It was moving fast. By the time the Steinbomers heard it and got up to run, it was too late.

“The RV tipped over and it pinned my grandpa’s leg in one of the sliders, which is the little extenders on the sides,” Auston said. 

His 74-year-old grandfather has been at Dell Seton Medical Center ever since, undergoing several surgeries. And, his 68-year-old grandmother wants to stay in the hospital next to her husband.

So, the couple’s children are cleaning up damage and debris left behind. The family says insurance will not cover all that it needs to replace. And, their patriarch can’t go back to work because of deep wounds to his legs. 

The family is hoping a GoFundMe page will fill the financial gaps. So far, they have collected nearly $3,000 in donations.

For now, the destruction of their trailer is a reminder that no lives were lost.

“If they hadn’t have gotten out of their bed they would have been in worse shape,” Auston said. “They got very lucky.”

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