FARMERS BRANCH, Texas (9/29/14)--An employee at United Arkansas FCU, whose home was destroyed in an April 27 tornado and who is battling her insurance company over the damages, says that a disaster relief grant from the Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation "has helped where our insurance company should have."
|A spree of tornados near Little Rock, Ark., on April 27 left this damage in its wake. A credit union employee whose home was significantly damaged expressed appreciation to the Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation for a grant it provided to help her family in the aftermath. (Cornerstone Credit Union League Photo)|
Brenda Wright, a lending officer at the $27 million-asset credit union in Little Rock, Ark., told the Cornerstone Credit Union League that on April 27, she and her husband had just settled in after putting her father's china, given as a gift, into a new china cabinet (Leaguer Sept. 26).
Phone calls from family and friends alerted them to bad weather coming, but no warnings or sirens indicated a tornado. The couple's family sought shelter in their new garage. Minutes later, a tornado ripped off the roof of the 4-year-old house.
Many other homes in her neighborhood sustained even greater damage, Wright told the league.
In the aftermath, her home insurance company initially indicated her house had been totaled in damages. Although a tarp covered the garage and salvageable items were moved, some of those items were ruined by heat and rain.
Since then, Wright said she has been fighting with her insurance company and seeking to rebuild, instead of merely repairing the existing structure.
The Cornerstone league reported that Wright says receiving the grant was amazing. Not only did it help with attorney's fees but it helped buy necessities such as shoes, clothes, toiletries and extra living expenses incurred when her family was housed in a hotel for two weeks after the storms.
The family eventually moved into her father's house after he relocated to a retirement home in Mississippi.
"The grant from the foundation has helped where our insurance company should have," Wright said. "We feel very blessed to have been able to receive this money."
The tornado that hit the Wright's house was part of group of tornados in the Little Rock area that produced 2014's first EF4 tornado in the United States with 166-200 mph winds, according to the National Weather Service.