Continuing Coverage of Tornado Outbreaks in North Texas

Residents Try to Salvage Mementos Before Next Storm Arrives

Families try to save precious memories

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    Erin Foy, left, and her sister Immerriea White pull their luggage through the rain as their family abandons their destroyed home in the Portofino Apartments in Lancaster, Texas on Tuesday, April 3, 2012. Tornadoes tore through the Dallas area Tuesday, peeling roofs off homes, tossing big-rig trucks into the air and leaving flattened tractor trailers strewn along highways and parking lots. (AP Photo/The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Ron T. Ennis) MAGS OUT

    With more rain in the forecast, folks in Lancaster are racing to salvage what they can before the next storm hits the area.

    Already, on Easter Sunday, the area received a soaking.

    Now, Larry Dibbles is looking through his home, which has no roof, trying to save his memories.

    His son played football for the UT Longhorns, and on Monday morning, he was looking through his college acceptance letters.

    “Ohio State, Iowa State, Penn State,” he thumbed through the letters.

    “I've lived here 30 years, so lotta memories, stuff from my son when he was going thru high school and college -- just piece it back together,” said Dibbles.

    In streets just like his, there is now a line of cars -- insurance agents, cleaning crews, trash haulers -- while families like the Green family sort through it all.

    “It’s terrible, just terrible,” remarked Kenneth Green.

    His family is safe, but it’s his memories he’s concerned about.

    “My son's pictures, grandma, granddaddy, mom, stuff like that, it was just everywhere,” said Green.