NE Bexar County home unliveable after tornado
Twister that ripped through the Glen, Camelot 1 of 5 across South Texas
SAN ANTONIO – It's been two days since a storm consisting of five tornados blew through the San Antonio area and people continue cleaning up their neighborhoods.
For some in northeast Bexar County, including Loren Spriggs, their homes are now unliveable.
"What I'm wondering about is this 40-year-old oak tree, 50-foot tall, why did it come down?" Spriggs asked. "Those things are pretty sturdy."
The 1.6-mile EF-0 tornado that ripped through the Glen and Camelot neighborhoods left behind a lot of roof and tree damage.
Spriggs said he'd never received a tornado warning on his cellphone prior to Sunday night; however, he alerted his loved ones quickly after he did.
"All of a sudden, we heard a loud crash on the roof. I thought the roof was gone so I grabbed everybody, we went to the back bathroom and huddled down," Spriggs said.
Shortly after, he attempted to investigate the damage but it was hard to see in the dark.
"Then the police and the fire department came to the house and came in, told my wife, 'Hey you guys, the house in unsafe. You need to evacuate now. We're staying here until you leave,'" Spriggs said.
The homeowner is letting his insurance take care of all the repairs until the structure is livable again.
Many insurance policies provide reimbursement for additional living expenses when the property is determined uninhabitable due to damage, according to the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America.
"Nobody got hurt. Structural things can be replaced," Spriggs said. His family stayed with neighbors Sunday night, but are now staying at a hotel.
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