After a tornado damaged their duplex, owners Lindsay Diaz and Alan Cutter were just starting to rebuild – until a demolition company destroyed their Rowlett, Texas home on accident. The company said Google Maps directed them to the wrong address; they were supposed to tear down a home just one block away.
The day after Christmas last December, a tornado hit the area. Diaz’s home was damaged, but still “structurally sound.” The new mother had submitted a permit to rebuild but then received a phone call no one ever wants to get: her home had been torn down.
At first the company, Billy L. Nabors Demolition, reportedly told one local news outlet that it was “not a big deal,” saying their insurance would handle it. Yet when the company’s statements circulated online, they apologized to Diaz, saying they weren’t sure how to handle the media coverage, but were sorry. Diaz said, “I sat down with them and we spoke with them and they sincerely apologized. They promised to help and to make it right. My advice to them is to come through with that.”
Diaz’s coworker at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Barrett Reed, established a GoFundMe page where people who want to help her can donate. The page was originally set up after the tornado and continues to be even more essential after the wrongful demolition.
Diaz wrote on the GoFundMe page that she’d hoped to have her new home built in time for her son’s first birthday, but after the accidental demolition, that’s not likely to happen.