By Bill Sanders
(May 23, 2013) — Twenty-two of the 60 Habitat houses hit by the May 15, 2013 tornado in Granbury, Texas, have been classified as total losses, and five others sustained major damage and might end up being total losses as well, according to construction and operations directors at Trinity Habitat for Humanity.
In addition, 13 homes sustained moderate damage, meaning they will require between $10,000 and $25,000 worth of repairs, and 18 houses suffered damages of less than $10,000.
In all, 21 homes have been secured with tarps and boarded-up windows.
The much-larger Trinity Habitat for Humanity in Ft. Worth is assisting Habitat for Humanity of Hood County in the recovery efforts.
All of the Habitat homes were insured, meaning homeowners can use insurance money to rebuild on their site or somewhere else. Because of the volume of homes damaged or destroyed, most affected homeowners will use independent contractors for rebuilding and repair projects, said Hood County Habitat executive director Carol Davidson.
But Hood County Habitat has plenty to do.
“There is still a huge amount of debris cleaning to do,” said Davidson. “A lot of people are coming and going because of the Oklahoma storms, but we’re here for the long haul, and UMCOR, the United Methodist Committee on Relief, is here for the long haul.”
Davidson said there was one home that was about half finished when the tornado struck. It was only slightly damaged, and the affiliate plans to start back on that one soon, with hopes of having it completed in about six weeks.
She also plans to meet with Olga, the woman whose home was destroyed three days before she was to move in. (Olga has asked that her last name not be used to protect her privacy.)
“As soon as she gives us the go-ahead, we’re going to build that house,” Davidson said. “We’ve talked with Trinity Habitat about helping us expedite that one, when she’s emotionally ready.”