FBTX ~ Officials from the National Weather Service were in Farmers Branch Monday afternoon, evaluating damage left behind by a suspected tornado, accompanying a strong line of thunderstorms that swept through Farmers Branch Sunday afternoon.
Heavy damage was reported at Villa Creek Apartments, near Josey at LBJ when the roof was ripped from two buildings displacing 14 families. No one was injured. The wind sent much of the roofing debris into the neighborhood north of that location. Some of the homes on Meadow Port and Bay Meadows had damage caused by apartment roof debris traveling at high speeds. Villa Creek placed some of the families in open apartments while others took advantage of the generous offer by the nearby Wyndham Garden Inn for lodging until other arrangements can be made. Metrocrest Services continues to work with those affected on their current needs and will be assisting with long term housing options.
The suspected tornado lifted after Villa Creek and touched down again at the YMCA Johnson Outpost on Valley View, near Castleton and Belfield, where the YMCA roof blew into some homes in the adjacent neighborhood. There were other areas of the City with damage to home siding, downed limbs and some trees.
At 5:30 p.m. Monday, the Oncor website said there were less than 18 customers without power in the 75234 and 75244 zip codes. The traffic signal arm at Marsh and Ridgeoak, just north of LBJ, was blown the wrong way by the storm but has been repaired and is now in working order.
In the meantime, Green Grabber crews continue to work dawn til dusk in order to catch up with brush collection from storm damage a week ago. Officials thanked residents for the patience as the crews work to get through the City.
PICTURED: Red dots indicate some of the most severe damage or landing point for large debris following Sunday's storms.