The day after Christmas was not a good one for North Texas, where Texas811 has its headquarters in Dallas. At least 9 confirmed tornadoes, over 1,000 homes & buildings destroyed, and 11 dead including a baby girl only 2 days old.
Here’s a link to today’s (Monday, December 28) Dallas Morning News, for the full story. http://www.dallasnews.com/
A recurring theme among survivors is how quickly it all happened. In the blink of an eye, their lives changed. In the blink of an eye, some lives ended.
The day after Christmas is supposed to be cleaning up from a happy holiday, not cleaning up from a string of deadly tornados.
Picking up and rebuilding from this disaster is going to be a long and arduous process, complicated by the fact that winter appears to have finally arrived in North Texas – though thankfully not to the same effect as the blizzard-like conditions in far North Texas, where drifts as high as ten feet piled up and highways were shut down.
The weekend storms pushed our Dallas area rainfall total for 2015 to just over 60 inches – that’s FIVE FEET.
How bizarre was the North Texas weather this past weekend? Here’s a screen grab from KXAS, the NBC affiliate in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, showing watches and warnings on radar.
Texas811 worked with emergency responders and utility companies as damaged gas lines were shut down to prevent catastrophe – and we’ll be there as the work begins to recover homes and lives.
We’re part of the fabric of Texas – albeit underground. But what happens above the ground can certainly affect what is beneath the ground.
Our thoughts and prayers are with those who suffered the most, and our Damage Prevention Agents have rolled up their sleeves and gotten to work to help facilitate the recovery.
This is the last blog for 2015, and one always hopes to end on a high note. Instead, we’re ending on a thankful note – thankful that the damage and loss of life wasn’t greater – and a hopeful note: 2016 is just around the corner.
From all of us at Texas811 to all of you, may your 2016 be happy, healthy, prosperous and completely enjoyable.
Until next time, safe digging!