Following the EF3 tornado that tore through Rowlett and damaged hundreds of homes Dec. 26, the city now has a different problem to handle — what to do with all of the donations brought forward by concerned citizens.
Dallas Area Rapid Transit officials will try to provide a solution Wednesday morning when they hand over the keys to a DART building in Rowlett that the city can use to store donated clothes, food and supplies free of cost.
In addition, DART is providing the building to Rowlett for as long as the city needs it during what will likely be a months-long recovery.
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Tuesday night, Rowlett Mayor Todd Gottell said at the city’s regularly-scheduled council meeting that it will cost the city an estimated $1 million dollar for debris removal alone.
According to statistics provided by the National Weather Service in its assessment of damage done in Rowlett, 446 homes were affected, 142 had minor damage, 83 had major damage and 101 were total losses.