Dallas Tornado Aftermath — How to Help, How to Get Help and What Roads to Still Avoid
The Destruction of an EF-3 TornadoBY Megan Ziots // 10.22.19
A EF-3 tornado left much destruction in North Dallas this Sunday night. Courtesy of Fox News
An aerial view of the tornado's path of destruction. Preston Royal shopping center in the middle. Photo by @storms_kat
Dallas Stars' Tyler Seguin's old Dallas home suffered major damage. Courtesy of WFAA
Interabang Books was completely destroyed during the October 20th tornado. (Photo by Dallas Morning News)
Home Depot on Forest Central Drive was destroyed. Photo by Smiley N. Pool via Dallas Morning News
Late Sunday evening, North Dallas experienced something devastating and sudden. A EF-3 tornado with wind speeds of up to 140 mph surged through parts of Dallas Love Field, Preston Hollow, Richardson and onward leaving much destruction in its path.
Thankfully, no one was killed in the natural disaster according to the reports so far, but there is still a monumental amount of damage to help clean up. Families are displaced from their homes, without power, and at a loss of what to do next. Several Dallas businesses, especially at the intersection of Preston and Royal, suffered major damage.
Lots of organizations are already starting up efforts to help. We’ve compiled a list of options here:
Ways to Help & Resources for Help
The North Texas Food Bank is taking donations to help those impacted by the storms. Food pantries near residents impacted can be found here.
American Red Cross is also accepting donations on their website, while they help at an emergency shelter at the Bachman Lake Recreation Center.
Bachman Lake Recreation Center is taking in those seeking shelter. Meals are provided by the Red Cross at this time.
Donate to the City of Dallas Emergency Fund.
The Salvation Army is accepting volunteers and taking clothing and furniture donations.
The Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church is accepting individually packed sandwiches and packaged non-perishables (bottled water, granola bars) for Preston Hollow residents who were displaced. Drop off any time between 9 am and 11 am Wednesday.
Children’s clothing store Hip Hip Hooray is collecting and distributing bottled water, Gatorade, rubber gloves, non-perishable food, toiletries, flashlights, dog and cat food, and more.
If you’re suffering with mental health after the traumatic events, you can reach out to the National Disaster Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 for 24/7 emotional support.
Call 311 if you encounter any debris or downed trees.
Also, Texas Baptist Men’s rapid response team is removing debris and cutting limbs. To request assistance call 972-639-7215.
For now, the city is asking people to avoid areas while debris is being picked up.
Avoid These Roads
Hillcrest Road/Walnut Hill Lane
Hillcrest Road/Royal Lane
No Westbound at Royal Lane at St. Michaels Drive
No Northbound St. Michaels Drive at Royal Lane
Preston Road/Royal Lane
Marsh Lane/Walnut Hill Lane
Harry Hines Boulevard/Manana Drive
Denton Drive/Lombardy Lane
Walnut Hill Lane/Monroe Drive
Harry Hines Boulevard/Freewood Drive
Harry Hines Boulevard/Walnut Hill Lane
Walnut Hill Lane/Webb Chapel Road
Walnut Hill Lane/Midway Road
Shady Trail/Andjon Drive
Walnut Hill Lane/Marsh Lane
Walnut Hill Lane/Woodleigh Drive
Preston Road/Norway Road
Shady Trail/Southwell Road
Webb Chapel Road/Kinkaid Drive
Marsh Lane/Woodleigh Drive
Walnut Hill Lane/Shady Trail
Harry Hines Boulevard/Brenner Drive