GARLAND -- Now that the dust has settled on the tornados that tore through North Texas, it’s time to assess the damage, and for politicians to tour the scene.
US Senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz was in Garland with Attorney General Ken Paxton Wednesday talking to victims and volunteers.
“My office certainly stands prepared, and I stand prepared to do anything I can to assist in facilitating federal resources being applied as appropriate,” Cruz said.
In Rowlett, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins toured the scene with FEMA officials.
“These FEMA and Texas teams will be looking to validate the damages that have been turned in by local governments,” Jenkins said. “We are trying to get that aid started to our citizens as soon as possible.”
If Dallas County can show $8.4 million in uninsured losses, federal money will start to flow in for relief. That money could go to folks like Joseph Graves and his family who were in their trailer when the tornado roared through.
“The trailer starts shaking for about two seconds, then the whole thing flips and everything goes dark,” he explained.
Now, the flattened remains of his home are pinned up against a water tower 50 yards from an empty foundation. Graves isn’t sure if he has insurance to cover the damages. His best hope will be FEMA funds.
“I think we’re going to get out of trailers after this,” Graves said. “Try to get a real house.”