[City Updates] City Manager Brian Funderburk (Dec. 28, 2015 at 10 PM)
posted over 3 years ago by RowlettEagle07 from Rowlett Community Relief and Family T.R.A.C.E.
The National Weather Service has upgraded the tornado to an EF4.
We continue to report 23 injuries and no fatalities.
At this point, we have assessed 1,000 homes in Rowlett with 854 impacted, damage is as follows:
- 220 Affected (very little damage)
- 298 Minor (many missing shingles, broken windows and doors but otherwise habitable)
- 188 Major (Structure is currently uninhabitable and extensive repair is required)
- 148 homes have been totally destroyed.
Our assessments indicate 43 businesses were impacted:
- 38 Minor
- 5 Major
- 23 have currently ceased operations.
Power has been restored to more residents in east Rowlett, the official number without power has now dropped to 2,900. Oncor is onsite and still working around the clock.
The City has now moved into recovery mode and is clearing streets and right-of-ways of debris. This includes towing damaged vehicles, again in an effort to clear the streets. We are using Cathey Towing and Big Bass Towing. Of course, residents will not be charged for this towing since the City is initiating it and it is necessary for public safety.
We have received mutual aid for debris removal from many sister cities under our mutual aid agreement. This has allowed huge progress in 4 sections of the affected area. We believe we will have the streets clear of the first pass by the end of this week. Many of these same cities continue to provide emergency personnel for security and traffic. We couldn’t respond as quickly as we have without them and are extremely grateful for their support.
The Rowlett Community Centre, located at 5300 Main Street, has been established as the Disaster Field Office location to help connect residents with resources. Represented there will be the many churches in Rowlett offering assistance, along with national disaster relief organizations who are currently mobilizing here. Free access to telephones and wifi are also available.
We are encouraging those impacted to let friends and family know they are safe by entering their name at the Red Cross Safe and Well website: www.redcross.org/safeandwell. Concerned family and friends can then search the list of those who have registered themselves as “safe and well”.
The Rowlett Animal Shelter, located at 4402 Industrial, is still accepting displaced pets. Please call 972-412-6219 for information on lost or found pets. We have receive a huge donation of pet food and there is not currently a need for more. The shelter requests those who wish to donate wait two weeks and then make their donation, once current supplies have diminished.
The temporary shelter at Steadham Elementary is still in operation and is currently housing approximately 75 people.
The City water tower located on Martha Lane has been drained as a precautionary measure. Engineers will assess the tower tomorrow and make a determination on damage.
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