DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A possible tornado tore off the roof of a Dallas home Sunday afternoon and damaged a business across the street. Both had just rebuilt after being hit by the EF-3 that came through the same area in October of 2019.
“When I say it’s déjà vu, it’s déjà vu,” said Cherie Hart, while surveying the severe storm damage to her home for the second time in a year-and-a-half.
She and her husband had to completely gut the house after the tornado that hit in 2019 and were finally able to move back in last fall. “I thank God we’re safe again,” she said. “But y’all, this is trying on your soul.”
The couple took shelter in a small bathroom when they heard outdoor sirens go off. “My ears started popping and the power went out and then we just heard water pouring in,” Hart said. “Dallas County is a large county. You think, it’s not going to hit this street again – there’s no way.”
There was similar disbelief across the street from Hart at North Haven Gardens, a nursery also hit hard by the 2019 EF-3. “I can’t believe it happened again,” said owner Aaron Pinkus. “How could it happen twice to a small property like this?”
Repairing the damage at the nursery isn’t expected to have a significant impact on business, but rebuilding the Harts’ home won’t be easy. This time, they won’t be in charge of the renovations.
They sold the house less than two weeks ago.
“I feel horrible for the people who have bought this home,” said Hart. “I have a lot of guilt and I don’t know why, but I don’t wish this on anybody, I don’t… I get to move on and move into a house that’s whole, and these people will have to rebuild.”
Dallas police are increasing patrols in this area to make sure the house and North Haven Gardens is protected.