Posted: Nov 1, 2012 6:54 PM
Updated: Nov 1, 2012 7:39 PM
McALLEN - Some McAllen residents are wondering how they will pay for repairs months after a hail storm damaged their homes.
Ben Villarreal knows nature can be devastating. A hurricane wiped out his business in Mexico years ago and in March his home was damaged by a hail storm.
"All of the sudden I started hearing rain," Villarreal said. He was alone at the time.
"All of the sudden I started hearing bang, bang, bang, pow, pow, pow," he said.
"It sounded like someone with a hammer ... whacking away," Villarreal said.
"I look out and there were hail the size of golf ... no, tennis balls," he said.
His roof couldn't take the beating. The iron bars didn't protect the windows.
"We had some damage through the storm because that turbine got blown off. There was a hole this large and a lot of rain came in," Villarreal said.
Villarreal said he doesn't have insurance. He lives off Social Security and some savings. Any extra money goes to his two kids in college.
He has taken on the task of repairing his home.
"This window, I replaced this glass," he said.
It's a slow process, but professional help is too costly.
Tattered tarps have lined his roof for months and offer little protection against the elements.
"I had buckets. I was catching water as it came through the sheetrock," he said.
Villarreal doesn't let that get him down.
The storm caused more than $200 million in damages, officials said.