A tornado that swept through Round Rock on March 21 is estimated to have caused $32 million in property damage to 680 homes in the city. (Brooke Sjoberg/Community Impact Newspaper)
A tornado that swept through Round Rock on March 21 is estimated to have caused $32 million in property damage to 680 homes in the city.
Round Rock officials and the Building Officials Association of Texas provided these estimates, according to the city, after trained personnel assessed homes in the area for damage caused. The BOAT inspectors provided informational-only post-disaster assessments for structures, advising homeowners and first responders of sustained damage and safety. Additional placards corresponding to a structure's status have also been placed by officials: green on homes that have no apparent structural hazards, yellow to indicate that hazardous conditions may warrant restrictions on occupancy and red to show the structure is unsafe for occupancy. These placards do not indicate that a building has been condemned or will require demolition.
These preliminary assessments show out of 680 damaged homes in Round Rock, 13 were "destroyed," and 93 had "major damage." Neighborhoods identified as being heavily impacted are Kensington, Windy Terrace, Greenlawn Place, Windy Park, Turtle Creek, South Turtle Creek, South Creek, Concord at Brushy Creek, Forest Grove and Forest Bluff.
Residents whose homes sustained damage due to the tornado are asked to report it to the Texas Department of Emergency Management at http://damage.tdem.texas.gov and select "March Severe Weather." An expedited permitting process is also in place to assist residents working to repair their homes, according to the city.
Brooke is an education reporter covering Georgetown, Hutto, Pflugerville and Round Rock ISDs. When she joined Community Impact in May 2021, she covered education, city government and business news in Round Rock. Brooke is from Seguin and graduated from The University of Texas in 2020. Her last name is pronounced “Show-burg.” When she's not working, Brooke is with the love of her life, her dog Doc Holliday.
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