If your home was destroyed, I don't have command of the English language to express those feelings. Reading a blog such as this is just senseless blather. I don't want it to be that way. It, understandably, just is.
Clearly, and without question, the most important need for our town is to put Rowlett back together. That is an overall need that is broken down into thousands of parts........smaller parts in which you can help. Surprisingly, one of the best ways to help at this early phase of rebuilding is to stay out of the way. I know life goes on, but if you can use the streets in a somewhat rationed way, it helps. Utilities have to be restored right after aid to the injured.
As for myself, I only caught a glancing blow. I lost two windows and power for a couple of days. However, I acquired an enormous respect for the power of nature and ever present compassion for others that were hit harder. The funnel passed within 200 yards of me and the noise was unbelievable. I heard our two windows breaking from our best shelter under the stairway. I thought the house was next. I can only imagine the thoughts of those harder hit. I am so sorry for those neighbors.
I would like to donate this site for any news, tips, recommendations, that might be helpful to others. If you have found a contractor that has been honest and competent, drop a line on this site. I'll publish it. If you have any tips on traffic, debris removal, suppliers with good prices, temporary quarters........anything that could help, send us a note. I'll publish it.
Godspeed, Rowlett. It will be a long recovery period.