DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Patricia Murphy says part of her roof collapsed after the tornado slammed their Southwest Dallas house last Tuesday.
She weren’t hurt, but while she continues to clean-up, she’s concerned about more stormy weather possibly blowing this way. “It worries me. Just have to take it one day at a time.”
So when she saw volunteers with the charity Operation Blessing International putting a blue tarp on her neighbor’s house, she asked them for help too.
She says while some of the plastic previously put on her roof helped during the weekend rain…
Murphy says, “Another rain storm and it would have dropped this plastic inside the house. So this is more secured.”
Her home and those in neighboring Lancaster were among the hundreds damaged throughout North Texas.
Lancaster’s city manager Opal Mauldin-Robertson vows after an incredibly busy week, they’re ready to handle additional violent weather.
Mauldin-Robertson says, “We will continue to monitor the weather, we will continue to be prepared to go into mode as we did on Tuesday.”
Operation Blessing, affiliated with the First Baptist Church in Lancaster, has been busy too. Its volunteers have been helping residents non-stop since Friday.
Jody Herrington-Gettys of Operation Blessing International says “We focused not only on the uninsured and under-insured, but we helped people who have insurance with blue tarps because even people with insurance are going to have damage if they don’t have a covering on their house.”
Murphy can’t thank the volunteers enough. “They are truly a blessing – a blessing from God.”
Murphy says she’s glad her parents have insurance.
People out here also have to worry about looting. Since last Tuesday, Lancaster police and sheriffs deputies have arrested 14 people in the affected areas on a variety of charges. That includes five on Monday alone.