Red Cross Finds Severe Weather Damage

By Julie Tam
|  Thursday, Sep 9, 2010  |  Updated 6:56 PM CDT
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Red Cross Helps Storm Damage Victims

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I live in central Arlington on Woodland West Lake near Bowen and Abram.Here are some pictures I took after the flooding began yesterday.

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Red Cross Helps Storm Damage Victims

The bulk of the home damaged by tornadoes were in Dallas, Rockwall and Denton counties, and the Red Cross is helping residents whose homes were rules no longer safe to live in.
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Red Cross volunteers fanned out across North Texas today to see the severe weather damage firsthand and see how they can help. Heavy rains, flash floods, tornadoes, and high winds left a path of destruction.

One day after the worst of the weather cleared out, the Red Cross gathered to begin assessing the damage. Volunteers got their assignments, divided into teams, and headed out to cities including DallasSeagoville, Irving, Grand Prairie, and Arlington.

In West Dallas, they found Anthony Smith. His leaky roof gave way during the heavy rains. Inside Smith's home, his baby niece was asleep on the couch, while all around her, the ceiling was caving in.

"It's unbearable. We can't even move around or nothing 'cause the sheetrock keeps falling," Smith said. "We need all the help we can get, for real."

For the most part, flood waters have receded to reveal a muddy trail along streets and sidewalks. But the internal damage will take much longer to go away.

"It can be very disconcerting, and that's where the Red Cross is here to help," Dan Halyburton, a public affairs volunteer, said.

The Red Cross will review all the information they've collected to figure out who qualifies for help.


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