At approximately 3:35 p.m. today April 3, 2012, a tornado touched down in a once quite neighborhood causing chaos and fear. The neighborhood of Diamond Creek was ground zero for the majority of the damage Forney, TX saw today. A combination of terrible weather and the local cell towers being overwhelmed left many wondering about there loved ones and friends. As you will see from the pictures many homes were left without roofs and a couple were completely leveled. It has also been confirmed that a secondary tornado spiraled in downtown Forney causing damage to several of the area businesses. We will post additional information about this in the coming hours, stay tuned.
Crosby Elementary in the Diamond Creek subdivision sustained damage to the roof and south side of the building resulting in the schools closure Tuesday April 4, 2012. Crews immediatly began repairs on the roof and campus when the weather calmed. It is not clear yet whether the campus will be open on Wednesday for classes or if it will need to remain closed. Thanks to quick and smart thinking from the ISD they were able to route all outgoing buses from the campus to Forney High School for cover.
Although in the immediate line of the tornado that touched down in Diamond Creek, the North Forney High School campus is said to have received little to no damage. All schools were on lock down at the time of the storms.
Please read below for official updates on this natural disaster and for ways you can help out the people affected by it.
************Forney Tornado Relief Benefit Concert HERE
Official word from CLife on April 5, 2012 click HERE
Official update from Mustang Creek Community Church regarding volunteers and donations HERE
Press Conference at Forney Justice Center on the morning of April 4, 2012 click HERE
Forney Man thrown by tornado shares his story of survival HERE.
Additional photo album, photos taken on April 4, 2012 Click HERE.
Forney.Recovers.org : There team has been working around the clock the fix the error messages users were recieving when trying to submit work and for people requesting donations. Although there were previsouly error messages displayed to users all the information has been saved on Forney.Recovers.org. This will be helpful in the coming weeks when more request begin streaming in from people. Donations through this website will be through Clifec.com and will be deposited into the Forney Recovery Fund set up by a board of local pastors to be distributed.
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