Looking back: 2016 Lindale tornado

Looking back: 2016 Lindale tornado

LINDALE, TX (KLTV) - It's been two years since a tornado touched down in the city of Lindale.

That EF2 tornado caused severe damage, destroying dozens of homes and businesses.

"A stormy day is totally different to what it used to mean to me," said David Allen of Lindale.

Allen remembers April 29, 2016, as the day he lost his home and all of his belongings.

Wind speeds reached somewhere between 111 to 135 miles per hour, according to the National Weather Service classification.

"I was at work and the tornado came through," said Allen.

"My stepdad called and said 'David, your house is gone;' when he said it was gone, he meant it," said Allen, standing outside his new home.

We first heard about Allen's devastation the morning after the tornado hit in 2016. He was searching through scraps where his home once stood.

Many of his family members, neighbors and other Lindale residents faced the same situation the morning of April 30, 2016

"That Saturday after the tornado, there were 30 to 40 people going through my stuff to see what I could keep," said Allen.

We checked back in with Allen in February of 2017. Then, he was living in his semi-built new home.

"I think 80% to 90% of the labor was donated by people from the community," said Allen. "I just remember it was a summer of helping the community."

This week marks two years since that devastation. Allen's home is complete, and much of his life is back to normal.  But he says there are still reminders of that harmful day.

"I notice trees that are bent over, I notice the fence that is down, I notice the repairs that have been done to certain houses," said Allen. "It's a constant reminder."

Allen says he considers himself one of the lucky ones because he knows many are still rebuilding.

Despite all that, he says he is proud because his community has pulled through and continues to do so.

"I have learned there is always tomorrow, you can make it through the tough times."

One of the hardest hit areas in Lindale was a shopping center housing Dollar Tree and Hibbett Sports. It's since been rebuilt.

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