I did a post earlier today about the possible tornado that hit the town I live in ...DeSoto, TX. I didn't realize how much damage was done until I got out driving the streets. It was so, so sad for so many of our residents. I went on a listing appointment today with an elderly couple who live here. I worked with their son in the corporate world back in the 80's. He called Tuesday and asked me to list his parents home. He lives in New York state now. The parents want to move to D.C. to be near their daughter. As I got closer to their home, I saw more and more destruction. My heart got sick as I turned down their street. There are a couple of streets in DeSoto of small frame houses built in the late 40's and early 50's. The houses range in price from $30,000 to $60,000. There was debris of metal strips from storage buildings, etc. hanging from telephone lines and power lines. I pulled in front of their house and I couldn't see any damage. I was truly amazed. I mentioned this to the elderly lady. She said "Honey, the Lord must have laid his hand on this house because we are the only one who suffered such little damage.
They had no power or phone service on these two streets. I was very worried about leaving them. They said they would be fine and they might go to a brother's house. So many times, as Realtors, we are needed far more for other services. I called a friend of mine who is a community liason for the electric company and told him the situation. He just called to tell me they were being taken care of with high priority. I also called our Mayor to make sure the city was making special efforts to take care of the folks in this little neighborhood. He said he had actually walked the streets over there to make sure the people had what they needed. He assured them they were top priority. My husband is a councilman so he is out tonight in his precinct to make sure everyone has what they need.
This is also a reminder of what a great community I live in because they do care and they are involved. DeSoto won the All American City Award a couple of years ago. This is exactly why we won!