Rockwall Storm Damage in Dalton Ranch SubdivisionPublished: March 29, 2017
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(Rockwall, TX – On the Scene 4:30pm, March 29, 2017) – On the corner of Tannerson Drive and Panhandle Drive, neighbors gathered to discuss the storm that hit the Dalton Ranch subdivision early in the morning of March 29. They pointed overhead and stated the helicopter had been there all day, along with the news drones.
According to one young resident whose house was not damaged, the storm struck at 2:45 a.m. that morning. After hearing a loud thud, he rushed into his parents room to wake them up. At first they didn’t think anything was wrong, but when the fire trucks arrived they knew something serious had taken place. He and his family had been helping neighbors with clean up since the chaos began.
Another resident who lives on Tannerson Drive stated she heard what sounded like a humming noise, a sound she feared was an approaching tornado. However, National Weather Service of Fort Worth reported Wednesday morning storm damage was caused by 90 to 95 mph straight-line winds, and that there was "no evidence" of a tornado.
Up the street, at Panhandle Drive & North Country Lane, is where the more serious devastation to homes occurred.
PHOTO Gallery shows the devastation to homes, and reporting that is taking place from that location. Rockwall Mayor Jim Pruitt had just been at the scene for a 4:00pm news conference with reporters.
Sharon Lewis / Planet Rockwall
Press Release from the City of Rockwall (7:13 p.m.)
Rockwall, Texas - March 29, 2017 - After last night's storms in North Rockwall, cleanup activities have continued successfully throughout the day today. The debris has been removed from the public streets. Damage assessment continues at this point, and law enforcement will maintain a presence in the area throughout the evening to ensure residents' safety.
The Building Inspections Department has completed the preliminary assessment and building evaluation process. There were 18 residences in the immediate affected area that sustained damage. Four residences were determined to be unsafe, five residences were determined to be safe with specified limitations, and nine received minor damage.
Multiple City departments responded in the early hours of Wednesday morning to assist in the aftermath, including the Rockwall Police Department, Fire Department, Parks and Recreation Department, Building Inspections Department, Engineering Department, Street Department, Water and Wastewater Department.
In addition there has been great cooperation from multiple agencies within the area, including the Rockwall County Sheriff's Office, Rockwall County Office of Emergency Management, Rockwall County EMS, and the Texas Department of Public Safety, as well as Republic Waste Management and utility companies: Oncor, Atmos, and Farmers Electric Cooperative.
As is typical for Rockwall, community support for the neighborhood and for first responders was exceptional. Also noticeable was the genuine support that neighbors provided for each other.
Unless warranted sooner, the next release of public information is scheduled after 3:00 p.m. tomorrow.
Press Release submitted by Lauri Dodd
Public Information Officer / Marketing
City of Rockwall