CANTON, Texas -- A few days after a tornado reduced his new dealership to rubble, Randall Noe and his workers at I20 Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram were still looking for the keys to the 275 cars or so that were on the lot.
Heck, they were still looking for cars.
"There's a pond down there," General Manager Scott Fitzgerald said, pointing to a grassy area at one end of the dealership. "One of our cars may be in there. It's a half mile down the road."
Noe, wearing jeans and muddy boots, said it would be a long road cleaning up and starting over.
"The insurance doesn't pay for all of this," he said. "That's a misnomer." Besides the deductibles, a lot of equipment and future installation won't be covered.
Four tornadoes struck Canton, a small city about 60 miles east of Dallas, on April 29. Noe got his first look at the wreckage the next day.
"The pictures do no justice to this," he said. "Nothing is not bent or broken. There's not one car without damage. The cars are just mangled -- they're in trees, they're in ponds. Someone just called from a few miles away, one of our cars is in a pond. There's just no end."