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Sep 25, 2013 12:19 PM by Rachel Cole - rcole@kristv.com

Holmes Explosion: 'We Hope to Call it Home Again, by Christmas'

CORPUS CHRISTI - It's been just over 3 months since the deadly gas explosion happened in the 48 hundred block of Holmes Drive. The aftermath of the damage is still weighing on the shoulders of residents, like Dora Phillips who lives near the home that was leveled.

Piles of wood and dumpsters full of debris can be seen surrounding houses on Holmes Drive and Andover, the street right behind it. Those piles stacked up are the result of a gas explosion that leveled one property and severely damaged dozens more back in July.

"It's been close to three months and I'm finally getting some progress on the house," Phillips said.

After several experts came out to survey the damage, crews were finally given the 'okay' to hammer away at the walls, bringing them crashing down. As Phillips' says damage costs continue to climb.

"We don't have a final estimate due to other damage that was found when the demolition started, it's to the point where it's extensive," Phillips added.

Based on evaluations from engineers and adjusters, Phillips says the estimates range up to tens of thousands of dollars in repairs. The extent of the destruction has kept her and her son from being able to stay in their house all summer.

"Me and my family are still at a hotel and trying to do what we can with what we've got," she added.

What they've got left isn't much. Phillips says she hopes to call their place, home again before the new year but repairs are far from being completed.

"We still don't have a date, we don't know, I'm hoping before Christmas," she said.

For now, her main concern is getting the home up to code with the city. That means re-wiring the whole house, getting hurricane proof windows and insulating all the walls.

"I want my home to be back to where it's safe and with all the work done, being able to not have problems in the future," Phillips said.

As for the leveled property, it sits vacant with posted signs warning people not to trespass on the property. According to Phillips, many other nearby residents, have started working to fix up their homes that were also affected by the blast in July.

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