Tornado-hit Granbury subdivision residents allowed back to inspect their property

Posted Sunday, May. 19, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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With mixed emotions, residents of Granbury’s Rancho Brazos Estates began returning to their homes Saturday, the first time since last week’s deadly tornadoes ravaged their neighborhood.

“A lot of people were devastated, a lot of people were just happy to be there,” Hood County Sheriff Roger Deeds told reporters on Sunday. “They were happy to be there but sad to see what they saw. There were a lot of tears.”

Deeds said 160 permits were issued to residents and relatives to return to their properties in the ravaged subdivision, but only for 12 hours — from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Registration is required to enter the neighborhoods and restricted to residents only.

Deeds said no contractors or salespersons will be allowed into the neighborhood, unless they have been requested by a resident. The storm victims have too much to contend right now, he explained.

“The area is heavily patrolled by law enforcement,” Deeds said. No problems were reported Saturday other than a domestic issue, he said.

“I hope tomorrow everything goes as smooth as it did today,” he said.

Meanwhile, Monarch Utilities, which supplied water to the subdivision, said Saturday that it has been given access to the area and will begin assessing damage to the water system.

In the meantime, area customers can use a self-serve fill station at 3708 Sundown Trail for both drinking water and non-potable water, suitable for laundry and bathing. Monarch said residents should bring their own jugs. For more information, call 866-654-7992.

Susan McFarland, 817-390-7540

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