A month after the storms: Updates from Arlington, Lancaster and Forney

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by MARCUS MOORE

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Posted on May 3, 2012 at 5:55 PM

ARLINGTON - One month after a devastating tornado hit their city, residents in Arlington continue the work to clean up.

Associate Pastor Mike Rodden said it will likely take several more months before their church is completely restored.

“You just try to do what you can to keep people encouraged," he said, as he walked through the St. Barnabus United Methodist Church in Arlington.

Preliminary estimates say the damage could be worth $2.5-to-3 million.
 
In the neighborhood near that church, residents have continued cleaning up, as well.
 
"It’s stressful, but I have to say, 'You know what? It’s temporary,'" Deanne Powell said.

Her home was badly damaged in the storm; winds strong enough to pull the bricks away from the walls.

“I'm really trying to find a new normal, but it's hard, because it's constantly, 'something has to be done. And somebody needs to talk to about something.'"

But she and her neighbors forge on, thankful no one was hurt or killed when more than a dozen tornadoes touched down and destroyed homes and buildings.

Forney:

City officials say they had most of the mess cleaned up within the first week.

A massive turnout of volunteers helped move things along. Right now the City of Forney is granting a lot of permits for reconstruction projects.

Lancaster:

Thursday night the City of Lancaster will host a town hall meeting to share information on low-interest rebuilding loans, as well as homeowners' rights. There will also be details on a disaster relief fund.

It all starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Lancaster Senior Center on Veterans Memorial Parkway.

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