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Buildings and trees can be replaced in storms, people can’t

Posted on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 12:50 pm

General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

Devastating storms left their mark during the late evening of Monday, July 7 and early Tuesday, July 8 in the Vandalia area after 70 m.p.h. winds left a lot of damage in its path.
In Vandalia, Chad Wallace’s Pioneer Seeds morton building was completely destroyed.
Power was out for a couple of hours as there were several down power lines.
There was also tree debris on roads throughout town as well as several down limbs and trees.
In Farber, utility lines were down on Main St., forcing the street to be closed to through traffic. Several yards were filled with down limbs and trees.
Some locations had trees laying over fences and carports. The Farber library also suffered damage and had power lines down in front of their building.
At the intersection of Highway A and K, a grain bin was lifted across the highway and now finds a home behind the Route K sign. It’s severely damaged and out of place.
Then Laddonia got absolutely hammered.
Down trees, power lines, and limbs were a common occurrence throughout the town.
The in-town streets on the west side of town were mostly blocked due to large trees covering the roadway.
Power lines were down near the intersection of Highway K and Highway 54, forcing traffic to go in town to get around it.
There was also a tree that took out the newly placed right field fence at Laddonia Ball Park.
In spite of all of the damage, our area was fortunate that there were no reported injuries from the storm.
When I prayed that night, I prayed specifically for a hedge of protection around me and my family. I pray the same for our town and area. Sure, picking up limbs and cutting limbs for the next week will be annoying. But at the end of the day, I’d rather do that than be spending time mourning the loss of a loved one or spending countless hours in the hospital.
Buildings can be replaced, trees can be moved, and houses can be repaired or replaced.
People, on the other hand, cannot be replaced.
I’m extremely thankful my front page story was only about damage in the area.
We’ve made it through another rough summer storm and we should all be forever grateful. It could always be worse.