It was a year ago that North Texas, especially Dallas, discovered how a tornado could turn lives upside down on a Sunday night. The morning-after literally brought to light the chaotic damage done by the tornadic activity. It was easy to spot the journey the lead tornado took that Storm Chaser Jeff Piotrowski caught on video for Tornado Alley Video. Ravaged roofs were now covered by blue tarps. Businesses like Home Depot and the Preston Royal shops were decimated. Schools were wiped out. Majestic trees looked like bowling pins after a perfect strike. Everything from Preston Hollow’s stately mansions to apartment complexes were in shambles. In the days and weeks ahead even greater damage would be discovered when homeowners learned that their houses had literally been lifted from their foundations creating internal problems.
Emotionally the toll was just as great. Children became fearful of even the slightest hint of pending storms. Families relocated until repairs had been made. Business owners tried to stay afloat despite the ruination of their equipment and offices/stores. People struggled to work with insurance companies to cover repairs and losses. Scam artists were on the prowl for desperate victims in need of help. In some cases, folks who were living in lower-income apartments were left high-and-dry without anything.
Still, there was some good news coming out of all this destruction — not a life was lost and heroes emerged.
The event turned out to be a learning moment for North Texans. No longer did they believe tornadoes were limited to trailer parks, rural areas and other places. For that reason, homeowners started taking steps like updating their insurance policies and investigating the Texas Residential Safe Room Rebate Program just in case another “big one” hits.
While some have returned to a relatively normal state, others are having to juggle the rebuilding process during the pandemic. If you know of someone who is that latter state, give them a call, drop them a note and/or offer a helping hand.
* Graphic/video courtesy of Storm Chaser Jeff Piotrowski and Tornado Alley Video