Rebuilding

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Ennis Downtown Historic District Prospering After 2013 Tornado

On May 14, 2013, Ennis Mayor Russell Thomas went to sleep with his phone on silent. He woke up around 12:30 a.m. on May 15. “A police officer knocked on my door and said, ‘Mr. Mayor, you need to come downtown. We’ve been hit by a tornado.’”

CBS 11–05/15/2014

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Family Looks Ahead After Losing Son & Home In West Blast

Some people in West lost family members the night of April 17, 2013. Some lost their homes and there are others who lost both. One of those families spoke with CBS 11 News about the last year and how they’re rebuilding their lives.

CBSDFW.COM–04/17/2014

Site where an apartment complex once sat in West, Texas. Most of the complex, which was near the West Fertilizer Co. plant, was completely destroyed in the April 17, 2013 blast. (credit: CBSDFW.COM)

Officials In West Considering Building New Fertilizer Plant

As the state remembers West, Texas on the one-year anniversary of a deadly explosion, the mayor in the town acknowledged that local officials are considering building a new fertilizer plant.

04/17/2014

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Homebuilder Comes Out Of Retirement To Help Veterans In West

At the age of 76, two years after he retired, Dan Pokluda never thought he would be building houses again.

CBS 11–08/02/2013

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Displaced by Deadly Blast, West Residents Rebuilding, Moving Back Into Their Homes

In only eight days, Steven Kuchera, his wife Stephanie, and twin 17-year-old sons Jackson and Nick will be moving into their new home in West.

CBS 11–08/02/2013

Volunteers and Habitat for Humanity workers busy rebuilding the home of Olga Hernandez and her four children, in Granbury. (credit: CBS 11 NEWS)

Home Destroyed By Tornado Rebuilt For Granbury Family

Volunteers in North Texas are helping a single mother of four rebuild her home after it was destroyed by the tornadoes that touched down in Granbury on May 15.

06/26/2013

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West Mayor “Pissed Off” At FEMA Denial

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is refusing to provide money to help rebuild the Texas town of West, where a deadly fertilizer plant explosion leveled numerous structures and killed 15 people.

06/12/2013

Jeff Ray, CBS11 - Cleburne

North Texas Storm & Tornado Damage Could Reach $250 Million

Right now, the number stands at $250 million. According to the Insurance Council of Texas, that is the amount of insured damage caused by the multiple tornadoes that moved across North Texas on the May 15.

CBSDFW.COM–05/24/2013

Tornado damage in the City of Forney. (credit: CBSDFW.COM)

Forney Families Happy To Be Home For The Holidays

There’s no place like home for the holidays, claims the popular song. In Forney’s Diamond Creek neighborhood, though, families are still trickling back, eight months after a tornado struck.

12/24/2012