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June 11, 2014

Devastation

Tuesday’s storms leave damage across the area

CORBIN — By John L. Ross and Kristina Smith / Staff Writers

Damage reports came from all across the Tri-County area after Tuesday’s storms swept through southeast Kentucky and northeast Tennessee.

Amber Owens, Whitley County projects director, said that Emergency Management Director Danny Moses joined crews across the county in cutting trees and reopening roads blocked by down trees and debris.

Reports came from the areas of Bee Creek, Hightop, Big Wolf Creek, Craig Road, Mitchell Hill, Little Wolf Creek, Black Diamond and the city of Corbin, she said.

On Seventh Street behind the Pepsi Bottling Company a maple tree snapped and fell on a house.

John Igo, of Corbin, said the home is a family residence, and his daughter, 22-year-old Kendra Igo, currently lives there.

Igo said when the storm hit, his daughter was home with her boyfriend, Adrian Waldrop, 22. Waldrop was injured from the debris and received treatment at Baptist Health Corbin. John Igo said the injury was minor and that his daughter was unharmed.

“County road crews responded quickly and were out late into the evening,” Owens said. “They were removing debris and cutting trees from the roads so emergency responders could survey the damage and reach citizens in need of help.”

Crews with several of the county’s fire and rescue departments assisted in debris removal, Owens added.

Along Cumberland Falls Highway near Creekstone Drive, those passing by could see another tree that had crashed onto a mobile home, but it was unclear whether the home was occupied at the time. In Woodbine, a large tree fell near the Woodbine Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department. In Williamsburg, a tree reportedly fell onto and destroyed a mobile home.

In Laurel County, word quickly spread about the damage incurred at the London Flea Market.

Although most damage in London was restricted to fallen trees and limbs, the wind tore apart structures at the London Flea Market on KY 229 Tuesday evening.

The storm damaged shelters that would normally cover outdoor vendors, but now half of that sheltered area is lying on the ground.  The shelter’s wooden planks that are cemented into the ground snapped and the structure collapsed.

Also damaged was a small storage building that was tossed about 30 yards across the parking lot. The building, belonging to Alice Pennington, of Keavy, was used during flea market hours to sell puppies. Pennington and her husband will be responsible for cleanup and replacement of the building.

Although most damage was done to the outdoor sheltered area, the main building did suffer damage from flying debris. A hole was created in the building after part of the roof from the outdoor shelter went flying through it.

Reports of trees down were heard in Knox County as well, but at press time there were no reports of any serious injuries in that county.

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