Hill Country assessing dozens of tornado-damaged properties

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As tornadoes touched down throughout Central Texas on Monday, March 21, several Guadalupe County residents lost their homes as a result of the storm. Preliminary assessments are ongoing in the county.

“We have roofs and homes that are completely destroyed,” said Patrick Pinder, Guadalupe County Emergency Management Coordinator. “We have outbuildings and barns that were completely knocked over, vehicles, horse trailers that have been thrown from one property to another.”

As of Wednesday, March 23, there are seven properties with severe damage that have displaced homeowners, Pinder said. Those individuals are receiving Red Cross assistance. Around two dozen properties in the Kingsbury area have moderate damage. Pinder noted the majority of reports coming into his office are about light damage to fences and roofs.

Pinder and the Office of Emergency Management is going to review all the reports in the next few weeks. Gov. Greg Abbott declared Guadalupe County as a disaster area on Tuesday, March 22.

“We’ll make contact with all the uninsured property owners first,” Pinder said. “We’ll make sure they have assistance they need.”

The day after the tornado, Niagara Bottling in Seguin donated cases of water to the Kingsbury area. Pinder said the water donation was made through a partnership between the city of Kingsbury and Kingsbury Baptist Church. If anyone is in need of water they can go to the church for assistance, Pinder said.

If residents were affected by the storm, they can email the Guadalupe County Office of Emergency Management with their name, address, if they are insured, the extent of the damage, and a photo of the damage if available.

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