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Severe thunderstorms leave behind damage in Vandalia area

Posted on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 12:46 pm


A grain bin was carried by the wind across Route K and now rests in a corn field.

(Clarification to the Story: Chad Wallace’s building was referenced on the police scanner and in other forums as a “Morton Building.” The building was not constructed by Morton Buildings. We apologize for the failure to clarify that in the story.)

Winds gusting in the area of 70 miles per hour late Monday night into early Tuesday morning caused a lot of damage in the Vandalia region.
A severe thunderstorm came through the area and left debris all over most roadways.
The power for half of Vandalia was out for a couple of hours before being restored.
Chad Wallace’s Pioneer Seed Morton building was destroyed. One large portion blew to just in front of the V.F.W. sign. That same sign’s marquee was destroyed.
Large chunks of the building’s debris was also found in the nearby shopping center as well as across Highway 54 near the railroad tracks. The debris hitting the center is what likely tripped a business alarm at County Market.
A tree fell down in several pieces and completely covered the intersection of Clark and Olive Streets.
In the area of Highland St., a tree fell down on a power line.
City Administrator Alan Winders said residents picking up debris will, like always, be able to gather limbs and place them curb side for pickup. Winders expects city crews to be picking them up over the new few days.
He added that he was thankful nobody was hurt in the storm.
He also credited the city’s utility workers for their diligence in previously trimming or removing trees, which helped to stop further power outages and damage.
In Farber, power lines were down on Main St., forcing the road to be shut off to thru traffic. There were also down lines between the Farber Community Building and the Farber Post Office.
Some damage was done to the outside of the Farber Library.
There were also several large trees that split and covered either a fence, roadway, or carport in town.
A grain bin was moved across Route K to behind the Route K sign in a corn field at the intersection of Routes AA and K.
The City of Laddonia appeared to suffer the most damage in the area as most of the roads had broken limbs and fallen trees covering roadways.
Two trees covered the road in the area of Maple St.
On 8th St., large limbs were tangled in power lines.
While lines were hanging low on 7th St., a tree was down on the end of 6th St.
Two trees covered 3rd St. while a large tree was down in front of a home nearby in the 300 block of Poplar St.
Further west on 3rd St., a carport moved about 50 feet and appeared to hit a house located at the corner of 3rd St. and Walnut St.
More damage was also visible on 2nd St.
On Route K, just off Highway 54, power lines were down, forcing traffic to go back into town to get around the obstacle.
Meanwhile, one large tree had two large pieces fall off of it onto the newly renovated right field fence in foul territory at the Laddonia Ball Park.
Large trees were down on W. 3rd and 5th Streets.
Portions of both Farber and Laddonia were also without power for some time on Tuesday.
There were some reports of a down tree near the Martinsburg Post Office and a down power line near Martinsburg Kwik Stop. No other significant damage was reported.