CHEROKEE COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - There are new details tonight about the devastating tornadoes in early April that hit Alto and Caddo Mounds.
An initial assessment indicates that more than 300 homes and 40 businesses were damaged.
“I don’t sleep in it, but that’s where - that’s my residence,” said Monty Collins.
Collins can’t find his roof. It flew off on April 13. He described what happened like it happened yesterday.
“I heard the tornado coming, but I didn’t know it was going to hit me, and it got to shaking up the whole house. I hunkered down by the kitchen by the rains,” Collins said.
Collins is staying at a friends place, and on Wednesday he spent the day discarding unnecessary items.
“There’s nothing left to salvage, but I want to pick up the glass because I want to rake it, clean it. But I do it my way - piece at a time,” Collins said.
The 86-year-old is far from being the only one with a roofless home.
Sergio Servin, Cherokee County’s emergency management coordinator, said about 300 homes and 40 businesses are listed as damaged. Of those, 89 are labeled destroyed, and 108 have moderate damage.
Data broken down by the type of home shows wood-framed homes were damaged at a rate of 10 times more than those made of brick or metal.
“It’s hard to see these people going through this situation. You know they’ve lost their entire livelihoods, their homes. Some of them have lived there all their lives, and it’s all gone,” Servin said.
Servin said estimated damage at Caddo Mounds is close to $2.5 million. Similar to losses and damage at that dairy farm in Alto also around $2.5 million. That doesn’t include the damages within the town of Alto itself, that assessment is still underway.
As for Collins, he’s focusing on restoring what’s left of his home.
“I have no regrets. I don’t feel devastated,” Collins said.
In addition, the school district had between $10 million to $13 million in damage.