ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – It’s been about 72 hours of climbing ladders and securing tarps.
Roofing companies working 18 hour days to make sure those in the Key City get back to feeling comfortable in their homes.
“We are triaging, dealing with the worse cases first.,” said J’Layne Partin at Layne Tech Roofing.
“It’ll take us a month, a month and a half to process this new work that came in because of the tornado but we’ll diligently get it done,” said Tim Dickenson from Briercroft Roofing.
Abilene resident Richard Humphrey one of their customers and like many others is still dealing with the aftermath of Saturday’s storm.
“I got an alert on my phone said tornado alert and about the time I opened up and looked at it the roof blew off,” said Humphrey. “I called at 8 o’clock and he called me back about 10 something and said they were working this way, they had a bunch of other houses to secure and take care of and they got out here and they did a great job.”
Dickenson says it’ll take a village to get things back to normal and the roofing companies are just one piece of the puzzle
“Of course we’re out there four insurance companies that have contacted us to go take care of people but you know we can’t get it all done so it’s really encouraging to see all kinds of volunteers cutting trees down, removing debris from the streets,” said Dickenson.
“We were just talking earlier about how Abilenians are jumping over people to help, it’s been really awesome to see and it makes you feel proud to be an Abilenian,” said Partin.
Both companies say they have gotten most of the temporary tarps up on those houses and will move on to the rebuilding stage in the next couple of days