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