“I was praying so loud. I really thank God because some of our neighbors weren’t so lucky.” – Maria Luisa Garba [#PrayingSoLoud #IReallyThankGod #ReallyThankGod #ThankGod #NotSoLucky]

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“I was praying so loud. I really thank God because some of our neighbors weren’t so lucky.” – Maria Luisa Garba [#PrayingSoLoud #IReallyThankGod #ReallyThankGod #ThankGod #NotSoLucky]

[October 22, 2019]

Gizaw Gedlu slowly walked through his Richardson home Monday, October 21, 2019 assessing damage as the sun shined through large holes in the roof.

The night before, he and his sister Mena hid in the bathroom as they heard the loud crashing of a tornado sweeping through North Dallas. Then the wind blew open their locked door. Their house was directly in the path of the storm that struck with winds up to 140 mph.

Pink insulation littered the floor like snow, sheet rock covered the beds, and his belongings were tossed around. But the kitchen and garage are just as he left them.

“It’s like a war zone, a disaster. It’s gone. It’s unbelievable.”
– the 71-year-old, Gizaw Gedlu.

His home sits along the Richardson-Dallas border east of U.S. Highway 75 where residents were taking stock of the damage Monday, thankful that no serious injuries were reported but still reeling.

Gizaw Gedlu, who works as a security guard has insurance for his house on Napier Drive. But he is not sure when an inspector will show up. He wants to place tarps on the roof over his 2 bedrooms and living room in case it rains again.

His sister was making plans for them to stay in a hotel for the night.

“It’s gone. It’s destroyed. Everything is gone.”
– Mena Gedlu

Across from Gedlu’s home, Maria Luisa Garbe prayed and her 16-year-old daughter, Stephanie, cried as they heard the screeching of the approaching tornado.

Debris smacked against the house during the storm. Someone’s crumpled shed landed in their yard.

“I was praying so loud. I really thank God because some of our neighbors weren’t so lucky.” – Maria Luisa Garba

‘It’s gone:’ Richardson neighbors assess tornado damage to homes
The Dallas Morning News

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