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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


Around the corner, on Windmill Court, Delores Campbell said she was telling her daughter-in-law to put her shoes on the evening of May 15 when the roof was ripped off.

With three quarters of the roof gone, holes in the walls and broken rafters, Campbell said a fire official told her she could no longer live in the mobile home.

The two are now staying in a Weatherford hotel and searching for a trailer or home to place on the lot.

“Even renting (a hotel room) by the week, it’s still expensive,” Campbell said. “It’s the cheapest we could find in Weatherford.”

Campbell said she’s been unable to get any immediate assistance from the agencies she has contacted.

Campbell and Hartley said that several people, including a group from a Granbury area church, had been to the neighborhood and helped move some of the debris to the curb for trash pickup.

This week a Cresson-area church stepped up to help and hopes to be able to address some of the larger needs.

Bear Creek Community Church has several members who went to the neighborhood Monday after hearing about the need from a Cresson VFD firefighter at church Sunday night.

“They weren’t getting any kind of help,” church member Audra Wallace said. “It’s definitely a time to set up for action.... It was overwhelming to see because it’s an extremely poor neighborhood.”

With much of the post-storm media coverage and recover efforts focused in Hood County, “it was kind of forgotten about,” Wallace said.

They helped one family move furniture and other items out of the elements Monday and several members plan to return to work in the neighborhood Saturday.

Some of the biggest needs for the neighborhood are dumpsters, manpower and heavy machinery to help tear down and haul away the homes that have been destroyed, Wallace said.

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