LISD trustee Mario Ybarra surely would have qualified for an excused absence had he elected to miss Thursday's Riser School Board meeting. He did make it, after moving his family with short notice out of the evacuation triangle from Thursday morning's gas leak on the northeast part of town.
Ybarra is a long-time resident of the Guadalupe neighborhood and was awakened by those sirens and flashing reds and blues. He commends emergency responders for handling the situation very well and taking the proper safety precautions.
"It was an experience that I'll never forget because whenever you hear a lot of the emergency vehicles, it scares you." Ybarra said. "We were afraid for a while until we found out exactly what was going on."
He said he hopes there isn't a "next time" but if so, he trusts the city is more than capable of handling this type of emergency situation.