Storm Damage

By: Melissa Reynolds
By: Melissa Reynolds

In just half an almost 2,000 people were left without electricity. Not to mention the extra workers called in and the dozens of roads that were closed.

Besides a few broken windows and fallen trees, most of downtown's back to business as usual, Saturday was another story.

"It was a very nasty storm," Herb Propst says.

"Litter all over the place looked like trash had blown and just dropped here," Phil James says.

"The lights went out and there was a big bolt of lightening and apparently it hit the tree down in the corner and came over into our parking lot and it knocked down lines," Propst says.

Just a few blocks away you can see the roof blown off of the building to the right.

"Knocked off that utility poll-it was snapped off with the force of the roof hitting it and it came over in this direction, part of the flying flopping broke part of the exhibition window," James says.

Phil James of Oasis Art Gallery is hoping insurance will take care of that, but, the occupants of this building aren't as lucky.

"We called in extra officers and some of the auxiliary people. We went from 6-14 officers in an hour. The dispatchers were swamped it was more than they could handle," Lt. Kevin Lanoue says.

He says the worst part is they weren't expecting it.

"This was the worst storm I've seen coming into Harrisonburg. But we're extremely fortunate no one was hurt it caused inconveniences, power outages, but nobody got hurt," Lanoue says.

And without electricity a few businesses were forced to close their doors.

"We just packed up and went home we couldn't do any business without fax machine, phone and radio," Propst says.

It wasn't all rain. Some parts of the city report up to half an inch of hail and it seems Harrisonburg was by far the hardest hit.

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