Company Helps Demolish Tornado Victims’ Homes for Free

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ROWLETT -- In some ways, it’s as if time has stood still for those left picking up the pieces Mother Nature destroyed. It's been one month since a deadly tornado touched down in Rowlett and tore normality to shreds and carved a path of destruction and distress.

“This is something you see on TV and usually doesn't happen to you so we were just in shock,”  Mandy Steinbrugge said.

The Steinbruegge family lost everything they owned. Restoration was not an option, so now comes the hard part for Mandy and her husband Mark watching someone demolish their home.

“Can’t believe it. My house of 18 years is coming to rubble,” Mark Steinbruegge said

That rubble doesn’t come cheap. Demos like this one can cost up to $40,000.

“Our crews today are taking down the house to offset some of the cost to the owner,” said  Charlie Buescher with McCarthy Construction. They have partnered with the non-profit group, Thirst No More, to tear down this home and three others for free.

“It’s coming down pretty quick. It needs to be a little quicker, get the sadness gone,” Mark Steinbruegge said

Once everything is cleared, the Steinbruegges will begin to rebuild not just their home, but their emotions.

“It kinda closes one chapter and getting ready to start a new chapter," Steinbruegge said. "So, we're trying to look at the positive side of it, but it's hard.”