Despite all the Forney Texas Tornado Damage I saw at the Diamond Creek subdivision the people I met there were so kind and incredibly optimistic.
Today I drove out to Forney, Texas, located about 20 minutes east of Dallas, to get some photos of one of the Forney Texas Tornado Damage. One of the worst hit areas was a community called Diamond Creek. The people I met there were amazing. Despite all the destruction left in the aftermath of these violent storms, everyone’s attitude was positive. They all just kept saying how they were so grateful to just be alive.
The young man in the photo above is CJ, and the window above his head is where his bedroom used to be. His house was one of the worst hit houses in the Diamond Creek area. I spoke with his mother for a bit also. I asked her how she was doing and how she and her family were coping with the loss of their home. She said it was hard at first, but now they are trusting God because they believe He has a plan for their lives.
I met Dennis while he was picking up debris out of his backyard and swimming pool. I noticed that the inside of a section of his fence had the American Flag on it. I asked him if I could take a quick photo of him standing next to it. He immediately walked over to it and let me take this great pic of him.
Steve, in the photo below, doesn’t live in the area. He lives in Mesquite, but came over here to grill hotdogs and hamburgers and give out food to all the people affected by the tornado and to those who were helping clean up.
I also spoke with Anna Wheeler, the young woman helping clean up debris in the photo below. She and her family came out here to help other family members to clean and gather their important personal belongings.
While I was walking around taking photos a guy named Bill called me over just to offer his ladder and roof to me so I could get some great photos from a high vantage point of the aftermath left in their Forney community. While I was up there taking photos I also met Marcus. He took the day off of work to help his friend patch up their house, clean up, and start fixing it.
When I went to photograph the Forney Texas Tornado Damage I never expected to encounter such open and kind people. They all such an amazing impact on me.