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May 24, 2013

Forgotten storm victims

With focus on Granbury and Oklahoma, southern Parker County residents left largely to fend for themselves

By CHRISTIN COYNE

CRESSON – Needed help has been slow to arrive for one of the Parker County neighborhoods hardest hit by the tornado-producing storm last week.

Displaced residents and others with major damage to their homes in the Ponderosa Hills neighborhood near Cresson are struggling to pick up the pieces after more than a dozen houses were damaged during the storm.

Most of the affected residents in the low-income neighborhood that the Democrat spoke with said they don’t have insurance and haven’t found much outside help.

One displaced family is living in a hotel and has been unsuccessful in getting a loan to buy another home to place on the property.

Another family is staying in a neighbor’s house and trying find help to haul away the remnants of what’s left of the mobile home they purchased three months ago.

Multiple other families are living in homes with gaping holes in the roofs, covered by tarps and pieces of plastic.

Alexia Hartley and Aislynn Penny left their home on Adams Circle minutes before their mobile home, purchased three months earlier, was blown off the base and destroyed by the high winds.

Penny says they were told that their trailer, now sitting in what used to be their backyard with gaping holes in the walls and no roof, needed to be removed from the property within 30 days.

However, they can’t afford the dumpsters it will take to remove the pieces of the house strewn across the yard.  

Penny said she called the county and was told there was no local funding to help residents remove what had been left behind by the storm.

They, along with a 4-year-old boy, are living in a neighbor’s house and trying to find a new home with little more than the clothes they were able to salvage from the water-logged home.

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