Billy L Nabors Demolition, a demolition company based in Seagoville, Texas, mistakenly tore down the wrong house on the morning of Tuesday, March 22.
According to WFAA-TV (Channel 8), the Texas demolition company was supposed to tear down a home a block away. Instead of tearing down a house at 7601 Cousteau Drive, the demolition company tore down a duplex located at 7601 and 7603 Calypso Drive. The duplex was the home of Lindsay Diaz, Alan Cutter, and their families.
The Diaz family has reported that (as of Tuesday night) the demolition company has yet to apologize to the families for the mistake. Lindsay Diaz reported that she did fill out an incident report with the Rowlett police to make sure what happened was properly documented.
Lindsay and Alan were waiting for a response from their insurance companies and the possibility of FEMA individual assistance declaration before deciding what type of repairs to make on the duplex. While the duplex had suffered damage from the tornados that occurred in December of last year, the owners confirmed the home was still structurally sound.
Chron reported that Diaz returned home after she had received a frantic phone call from Alan Cutter’s wife telling her that the duplex was gone.
“I pull up, and — sure enough — it’s gone. There’s nothing left.”
WFAA-TV (Channel 8) spoke with a representative of the company who claimed to have no comments about the situation other than the demolition company was currently investigating what had happened.
“How do you make a mistake like this? I mean, this is just the worst.”
The Tornado That Hit On December 26 Of Last Year
After the tornado hit Lindsay’s home, all that was left standing was the shell of what was once a home. The floor was ripped and rippled, the windows were shattered, and the ceiling was gone. Diaz lived in her half of the duplex that she owned with her infant son prior to the tornado. While they survived, the Texas mother learned her insurance would not be enough money to rebuild the home.
According to WFAA-TV (Channel 8), the Texas duplex owner learned she was underinsured by roughly $40,000.
“When they wrote the policy out three years ago, they wrote it out for 300 square feet less. That’s why I’m underinsured.”
Diaz and her son were able to survive the tornado that tore through their neighborhood on December 26 of last year by taking cover in their bathtub. After the tornado, Lindsay and her son stayed at a hotel before moving to a rented home. According to this Texas mom, she and her son were working towards getting the home ready so they could move back in.
Prior to the incident, Diaz was waiting to see whether or not assistance from FEMA would help pay for the rest of the repairs.
WFAA-TV (Channel 8) has made several attempts to reach out to this Texas demolition company, but has yet to get any response.
Social Media Users Criticize The Demolition Company For The Mistake
On the demolition company’s Facebook page, even users criticized the company for not apologizing. One Facebook user reveals the company is hanging up on reporters instead of answering the phone to talk about what happened.
While a lot of the users leaving comments on the company’s Facebook page had nothing nice to say about the mistake, there were some users who were more interested in begging the company to do the right thing. Most of the users leaving comments on the wall agree the company should consider building a new home for the families.
A Little Background Information On Billy L. Nabors Demolition
“We could wreck the world” is the company slogan of Billy L. Nabors Demolition. According to the company’s website, they have been providing commercial and industrial demolition for more than five decades.
“Our demolition company is your best bet for turnkey demolition services in Dallas, Fort Worth and the surrounding areas.”
Will this Texas demolition company apologize to the families? Will the company consider building new homes for the families; or will the families be forced to sue the Texas demolition company in order to afford a new home?
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