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Granbury tornadoes take out Habitat for Humanity neighborhood

The Hood County Habitat for Humanity also took quite a hit Wednesday night after the tornadoes in Granbury destroyed 58 of it's 61 Habitat homes.

Overnight, Habitat for Humanity branches all over the country were notified about the disaster in Granbury and, characteristic of the Panhandle area, the Amarillo branch was eager to lend a helping hand as well.

"As far as I know, there has never been such great destruction of a Habitat community or homes within the state of Texas," said Chas Massey, executive director of the Amarillo Habitat for Humanity.

With 58 Habitat for Humanity homes in ruins, state and international disaster response teams were en route to Granbury in a matter of hours.

"We have gotten word that all the trailers that we use to take to the homes to build and the tools and things have been destroyed," explained Massey.

Until the damage of the homes, and the local Habitat affiliate, has been assessed, other branches have been told to wait on shipping out supplies. But the Amarillo office didn't want to wait to get a jump start on collecting monetary donations. They'll be collecting cash or check donations at both the main office at 2700 S. Wilson and the Habitat Restore located at 34th and Western.

"Unfortunately, your insurance doesn't usually cover all of those other things," said Massey. "It may not even cover the cost of the home so any of the donations that we receive will go directly to rebuild those homes for families."

Families now looking at combined damages in the millions of dollars.

"These families have worked very, very hard, have qualified for these homes. They've done sweat equity hours to be in these homes, usually these homes are three to five bedrooms homes so you know they're larger families," said Massey. "It's very devastating."

But it's devastation the community of Amarillo is determined to keep from defining the Granbury Habitat families.

"We will make sure those families are taken care of," reassured Massey. "And have homes to restart their lives in."

After the damage to the area is assessed and the need is there, the Amarillo Habitat branch may end up sending personnel to the Granbury area as well.

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