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ROWLETT (CBSDFW.COM) – Any significant storms faced by North Texans this week mark the first bit of severe weather since last December’s deadly tornado outbreak.

Parts of Rowlett are still a mix of demolition, debris and construction, with families still picking up the pieces.

“The glass and stuff, I just don’t want it all there,” said resident Debra St. John. “No one else is going to pick all this tiny stuff up.”

St. John, her husband and son, took advantage of a few dry hours Monday to continue clean up ahead of the storms. It’s where they have spent most free days, including immediately after the storms hit.

“We were here ‘til 2, 3 in the morning, just getting what we could,” she said about their return to the site where a tornado touched down the day after Christmas 2015.

The group has outpaced many of their neighbors, who because of insurance or other reasons, haven’t done much to their destroyed homes.

But the St. Johns though, said they are hurrying so they can rebuild.

Rowlett residents only have this week to get debris to the curb, for the city’s final round of debris pickup starting March 14.

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