It has been almost a month since the weather service confirmed that 10 total tornadoes hit the Dallas-Fort Worth area in Texas. The strongest and most destructive was an EF-3 tornado that went through northwest Dallas to Richardson the night of October 20, and damaged everything in its path. Luckily no lives were lost, but many families in the Preston Hollow area of Dallas lost their roofs and windows, allowing the tornado to take personal belongings and basic necessities. Not just families, but local stores and schools were affected also, especially the Preston Royal Village and three DISD schools. Preston Royal Village was a home to many stores. The southeast corner was home to Central Market, McDonald’s, Talbots and many more. Most of those stores lost their entire roof, windows and power; their merchandise left in shambles. Below is a photo of SampleHouse Candleshop after the tornado.
The other side of the Preston Royal Village with Royal China, Lilly Rain, Shake Shack, Ken’s Man Shop and more escaped the storm for the most part except for power outages and a few broken windows. Most of these stores are repairing the damages and already re-opened for business, but on the southeast side of this shopping center so far only Central Market confirmed they plan to rebuild.
Three schools that were severely impacted by the tornado were Walnut Hill Elementary, Cary Middle School, and Thomas Jefferson High School. Walnut Hill and Carry are told to be almost unrepairable and families of students are waiting to hear more news about whether or not these schools will reopen. For Thomas Jefferson, the damage is reparable but still devastating according to The Dallas Morning News. The first photo below is a picture of Cary Middle School’s gym and the second photo is the front of Walnut Hill Elementary.
What can we do as loving neighbors and friends? We can bring in basic school supplies such as: notebooks, pencils, Kleenex, scissors, hand sanitizer, and more to United to Learn (https://unitedtolearn.org/get-involved/donate/) located at 5310 Harvest Hill Ln. Dallas, TX. Also, organizations like Communities Foundation of Texas (https://www.cftexas.org/community-impact/disaster-relief-and-recovery/dallas-tornado-recovery) and the American Red Cross of North Texas (https://www.redcross.org/donate/cm/nbc5-pub.html/) are accepting donations for tornado relief. The iLENDi team is glad everyone is safe and wishes the best for everyone affected by the tornado.
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