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ROWLETT (CBS11)  – As if the December tornadoes weren’t enough, one Rowlett woman’s duplex is gone, demolished in an apparent mix up over which home was supposed to get torn down. Now she’s trying to get answers and figure out what to do next.

“Boom. Just like the tornado came through again,” Lindsay Diaz said.

That’s how she felt when she showed up to the site of her former home Tuesday.

After tornadoes ripped through Rowlett in December, Diaz and her family were relieved to find their home better off than so many others.

She was ready to make repairs after she says an engineer declared the home structurally sound, but then it was mistakenly torn down. When she met with the demolition supervisor right afterwards, he explained what happened.

“The team went out in the morning. They called him. They said, we’re at 7601, 7603. Is it the corner lot? Was it damaged by the tornado? Yes, yes, yes. Except the street wasn’t confirmed,” Diaz explained.

Instead of tearing down the duplex on Cousteau Drive a block over, the team demolished Diaz’s home. She says the supervisor referred her to the company president, but when she called, she says he started making excuses.

“I didn’t believe he was telling me this. I was hoping for an apology, I’m sorry my company did this. We’ll make it better, and instead he’s telling me how the insurance is going to handle it and telling me that it’s going to be a nasty fight,” Diaz said.

The president of Billy L. Nabors Demolition declined to comment. Diaz says she still hopes the company will help her, otherwise she’ll be talking to attorneys.

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