Brooks, John 1970

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John Brooks, Lubbock Tax Assessor in 1970, recalls the Lubbock tornado of May 11 of that year and the assessment of damage. Note: the tape drags briefly during the first few minutes.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: John Brooks

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Date: 1970

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Stan Valcik

Length: 45 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Actions prior to and immediately following the tornado recalled, Describes drive to City Hall, Reviews actions during night following storm, Disaster reporting form and map explained, Assesses storm damage, Procedures for estimating damage analyzed, Comments on damage to Country Club area, Discusses accurate and inaccurate estimates, Phase II of plan mentioned , Continued discussion of assessment

Tape 1, Side 2: Final figures of assessment given and discussed, Commends disaster reporting form, Possible improvements to reporting form suggested, Affect of loss of taxable property on city, Tax relief mentioned, Praises preplanning of disaster program

Range Dates: 1970

Bulk Dates: 1970

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