Tornado Damage in DeSoto, Texas

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Real Estate Agent with Broker/Associate Century 21 Judge Fite Co

 Tornado Damage

I did a post earlier today about the possible tornado that hit the town I live in ...DeSoto, TX. I didn't realize how much damage was done until I got out driving the streets. It was so, so sad for so many of our residents. I went on a listing appointment today with an elderly couple who live here. I worked with their son in the corporate world back in the 80's. He called Tuesday and asked me to list his parents home. He lives in New York state now. The parents want to move to D.C. to be near their daughter. As I got closer to their home, I saw more and more destruction. My heart got sick as I turned down their street. There are a couple of streets in DeSoto of small frame houses built in the late 40's and early 50's. The houses range in price from $30,000 to $60,000. There was debris of metal strips from storage buildings, etc. hanging from telephone lines and power lines. I pulled in front of their house and I couldn't see any damage. I was truly amazed. I mentioned this to the elderly lady. She said "Honey, the Lord must have laid his hand on this house because we are the only one who suffered such little damage.

They had no power or phone service on these two streets. I was very worried about leaving them. They said they would be fine and they might go to a brother's house. So many times, as Realtors, we are needed far more for other services. I called a friend of mine who is a community liason for the electric company and told him the situation. He just called to tell me they were being taken care of with high priority. I also called our Mayor to make sure the city was making special efforts to take care of the folks in this little neighborhood. He said he had actually walked the streets over there to make sure the people had what they needed. He assured them they were top priority. My husband is a councilman so he is out tonight in his precinct to make sure everyone has what they need.

This is also a reminder of what a great community I live in because they do care and they are involved. DeSoto won the All American City Award a couple of years ago. This is exactly why we won!

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Debi Ernst
St. Charles County, Missouri - Prudential Alliance Realtors - O'Fallon, MO
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How sad to hear about the damage... It is good to know that people are being taken care of.  Thanks for sharing. 
Apr 10, 2008 08:19 PM #1
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Donna Henry
Keller Williams Realty Spokane - Spokane, WA
OMG, that is so sad!  Sounds like a great community and I'm sure this will bring you all closer.....good luck pulling your home back together!
Apr 10, 2008 08:19 PM #2
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Lisa Lambert
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I'm so sorry to hear about the devastation in your town. However, I'm relieved that your clients are allright. And yes, one of the many benefits of a smaller town is knowing who to call in times of distress and knowing they will care.

Lisa

Apr 10, 2008 08:23 PM #3
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Anthony Stokes-Pereira
Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty - Nanuet, NY
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I wish all in the affected area a speedy recovery.
Apr 10, 2008 08:26 PM #4
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Pam Joffe
Solaris Realty - Tampa, FL
Becky - It is too bad about the tornando, but it sounds like a great community and is pulling together in this time of stress.
Apr 10, 2008 08:56 PM #5
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Becky Respess
Broker/Associate Century 21 Judge Fite Co - Cedar Hill, TX
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Thank you very much for all of your well wishes. Everyone is doing fine. I got updates from the power company (Oncor) right up until 10 p.m. last night. They were wonderful to keep me informed. My house nor my two daughters' houses had any damage. We were very fortunate. This is not the first tornado for DeSoto. It was our 4th in the last 28 years. Aren't we lucky???
Apr 11, 2008 11:17 AM #6
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Melody Botting
Melody Botting Real Estate Network - The Colony, TX

Wow!  You are very luckly.  Perhaps there was a Higher Power watching over you and your family?

Apr 11, 2008 04:50 PM #7
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Becky Respess
Broker/Associate Century 21 Judge Fite Co - Cedar Hill, TX
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Absolutely and many other DeSoto citizens as well!
Apr 11, 2008 04:56 PM #8
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Kendra Adams
RE/MAX Alliance - Windsor, CO

How are you and your community doing now.  We were just hit on Wednesday and have lost have many displaced neighbors.  We have had over 100 homes condemned and I have no idea how many need to be repaired, at least double that!  Do you have any suggestions or comments on the recovery?

Kendra 

May 25, 2008 09:43 AM #9
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Jo-Anne Smith, Sales Representative
Oakville, ON
Oakville, Burlington and Mississauga Region Real E

Hi Becky,

I'm sorry to hear of the tornado in your area. It's wonderful to hear of so many caring politicians out personally checking on people.....you truly do live in a great community.

Jo

May 25, 2008 01:48 PM #10
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Becky Respess
Broker/Associate Century 21 Judge Fite Co - Cedar Hill, TX
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Jo,

Thank you, we do have wonderful people in our community.

 

Kendra,

I am so sorry your neighbors have been displaced. We have had 4 major tornados in the past 20 years. I understand what you all are going through. We just worked together as a community. One little town is still recovering and it has been 15 years. They were the hardest hit. You might look up the information for Lancaster, Texas. Good luck and keep us posted. We will keep you in our prayers.

Becky

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