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Welcome to my Home

For those of you who do not know... our city of Rowlett was struck by a tornado the day after Christmas.
Living in Texas, we often have tornado alerts or warnings as storms roll through.
We do not have have basements due to the unstable ground conditions so we retreat to the center of the house,
away from windows and preferably under a stairwell for protection until the risk passes.

Remember... tornados happen to "other people".

Well, this time it was our turn. Mother Nature has a way of choosing random targets.

Our house was destroyed and we lost many things in the home.
We are thankful that we survived and that our two dogs did too!
Thankful for family as we are now staying with our daughter and her family until temporary lodging can be found and a plan put in place.

Our many friends are helping to pick up the pieces, so to speak and giving me the support to get through this!

I think over 1,000 homes were damaged or destroyed in the storm in the area.
The emergency response has been incredible and we thank those who selflessly give of their time and energy to help others in need.

This photo is of our living room looking through where a wall used to be.

To read more about the experience:

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Hernan E. Enriquez03-Jan-2016 14:31
So sorry!
Martin Lamoon02-Jan-2016 19:38
So sorry to hear of this disaster, please let me know if we ca do anything to make your life easier.
Best Wishes from Martin & June
Michael J. Parkinson02-Jan-2016 13:39
So sorry to hear about all this Fay. What a difference a day makes. In January 1998 the ice storm to end, we hope, all ice storms formed just west of Kingston and marched its way to the east coast. there was not the kind of property damage you have experienced but the urban and country forests were devistated. Our City Park looked like your livingroom except it was all pieces of broken tree. A look at it said it would be impossible to clean up.Once electricity was restored the clean up began. And this is my point. The crew started in a corner of the park and methodically over time put it back to rights as you will because that is what you do and always have done. Be well and please stay safe.
larose forest photos02-Jan-2016 04:28
This is unbelievable, Fay! You are right, we think these things happen to others, and not to us or people we know. I am so sorry. It must have been terrifying... I cannot imagine it. But thank goodness you are all safe and sound.
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