Discussion in 'What's On Your Mind?' started by Doober, Apr 3, 2012.
Looks like you had some nasty weather down there - hope you are both o.k.
Ok here. Tornado hit a school close by. To close for comfort.
You guys take care. Be safe.
Im 10-4, I was asleep then all of this hit, It was my phone that woke me up when it went nuts jumping across the table with alerts/activations from NWS, ARES, RACES, Disaster response teams (local/state/federal). I think its in the 250+ range alerts/texts right now.
Im currently secured in the communications center at work, and brought extra food as its probably going to be a wild night. Plus its all hands on deck right now in all areas because of how far and wide the damage/debris is from this storm, and not out of the woods yet.
About 3 mile from my place (as a bird flies) many homes and a school badly damaged. Did a drive by, all entrances controlled by police. One house about 1/2 mile from me with roof damage. All of this just east of dallas for those following.
I didnt get a chance to look around (lancaster and arlington areas) as I made a beeline for work between lines of storms as they needed all the help they could get. When I get off in the morning Im going to go take a look and shoot the bluebonnets.
Thanks for replying, gentlemen. It's good to hear from both of you!
Thank you Doober it's been a wild 24hrs.
I made it home this morning, as past week ive slept at the station between shifts the past week. House is intact only damage is the peach trees were snapped off at the base so I will have to cut them up. At least it can be used in the BBQ pit this summer. Only thing I have left to check is my storage unit, which I'll do tonight.
I have a couple co-workers not so lucky, ones apt complex in Arlington was heavily damaged and lost most everything, another his roof was torn off so the house is a total loss but he was in the process of moving in so not much in the house. The storm hadnt even totally passed and people were stepping up to help those effected . This is a perfect example of the brother/sisterhood of PD/FF/EMS and so on and how we take care of our own and the communities we serve.
bd, TM: Sorry to hear about your close calls. I was raised in Kansas, which is basically right in the middle of "Tornado Alley" so it brings back memories of hunkering down in my grandparent's basement listening to the transistor radio for the "all clear" !
Was certainly lucky yesterday, I do live in one of the towns hardest hit just a few miles or so miles from the action. Bad thing about this area is that we have no basements. Have never figured out why but a basement if very uncommon in these parts. Back when I was a young kid I remember a few neighbors having a bomb/tornado shelter but don't even see those anymore.
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