Arlington Tornado Victims Making Progress

Just days after major tornado damage, one neighborhood says it's on the road to recovery

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    NBC 5
    The city of Arlington has set up checkpoints in its hardest hit neighborhoods to ensure affected families have time and privacy to recover from the tornado.

    Near Martin High School in Arlington, the sounds of recovery are taking over.

    “I still can’t believe it sometimes, just thinking about it,” said Logan Dillon, whose neighborhood was devastated by one of Tuesday’s tornadoes.
    Down the street, Mollie Carnahan says her home suffered only minor damage in comparison to many of her neighbors.
    “It’s very different – very different from our usual walks,” she says, pushing a stroller along her usual route through the neighborhood.
    Just days earlier, walking through the same streets was nearly impossible – with fallen trees and branches blocking traffic.
    Now, neighbors say they see major progress – the work of dozens of helping hands.
    “It looks a lot better than it did on Tuesday,” said Randy Campbell.
    Campbell says people have been throwing their efforts into the cleanup efforts.
    He says he’ll eventually need a new roof and a new truck after damage from falling trees, but this Easter weekend, his family is working on restoring some normalcy for their children.
    In the meantime, Logan Dillon’s family is facing a major clean up.
    “We’ve got a 60 foot tree in [the master] bedroom,” he said.
    However, Dillon says he’s seen his community come together and describes a new family like bond with his neighbors – saying what hasn’t killed them will only make them stronger.
    The city of Arlington has set up checkpoints in its hardest hit neighborhoods to prevent solicitors and ensure affected families have time and privacy to recover from the disaster.