While the hailstorms in early 2016 in Texas tore right through several homeowners’ roofs, many are still left awaiting repairs.
The damage was unprecedented. To put things in perspective, North Texas averaged 157 severe hail reports from January through April each year from 2007 to 2015. But as of mid-April of this year, there have been 188.
All schools in the district of Wylie, Texas were called off due to hail damage. The Wylie Public Safety Building is still closed because of hail damage, with employees operating out a makeshift office in the Wylie Municipal Complex.
The city may even have to tear down the old Public Safety Building and build a new one, as even with fans lining the hallways, the carpet is still soaked and the building now smells of mildew.
Other buildings are closed indefinitely. Wylie Senior Recreation Center is closed until further notice. Bart Peddicord Center sustained serious roof damage and interior water damage and is closed until further notice. The Brown House is also closed due to roof damage and interior water damage.
But the city of Wylie is trying. It has set up a Disaster Loan Outreach Center where it continues to offer low-interest loans to to residents and businesses affected by the hail storms. Permit fees are still waived for any contractor looking to obtain a permit to operate in the city of Wylie, and the city is still offering community assistance with boarding, taping up windows, shelter, legal fees, and even financial support for those who can’t meet insurance deductibles. There is even a website dedicated to hail recovery updates.
And while contractors are scrambling to reroof homes, repair siding and broken windows, and combat water damage, the advice the hail recovery website offers is sobering: “Cover all areas that could be further damaged by additional rain. Use tarps to protect damaged roofs, skylights or other overhead damage. Use plywood, oriented strand board (OSB), or tight tarps for windows and other vertical areas.”
The reality is that many homeowners might be waiting for those repairs for some time.
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