Homeowners Scramble To Protect Tornado Damaged Homes From Rain

Alan Scaia
October 24, 2019 - 9:16 am
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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - Home and business owners starting to clear damage from Sunday's tornadoes are now trying to protect themselves from the next round of storms.

The National Weather Service says some parts of North Texas could receive three inches of rain through Friday.

"It is what it is," says one man who lives near Royal and Hillcrest. "I've seen all the damage. It's messed up."

Dallas Fire Rescue says 104 structures were destroyed in the tornado. Another 286 have major damage, and 344 have minor damage.

Many homes and businesses in Preston Hollow had tarps covering all or part of their roofs Thursday morning. Another homeowner says he was trying to find a way to patch holes in his roof quickly. He says he is worried his furniture and appliances would be damaged by water if the neighborhood receives heavy rain.

"It's rough. It's really rough," he says.

The owner of a shopping center at Walnut Hill and Marsh says he has been trying to patch holes before the next system arrives so tenants do not receive further damage.

"We're just trying to get everything cleaned up and safe. We're boarding up, making sure everything's secure," says Michael Zimmerman. "We've got rain coming, so we're trying to dry everything."

He hopes stores in the shopping center will be able to reopen within two weeks.