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November 17, 2013

'We got lucky': Storms result in extensive damage but no injuries

Storms result in extensive damage but no injuries

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“I came back and looked and their roof was in our front yard,” she said of the house across the street.

Part of it was even in the truck in her driveway, piling up in the box and crashing through the back window into the cab, filling up the front seats.

Titus said her neighbors escaped uninjured and had left to stay with family.

“Everybody was lucky, nobody was hurt,” she said. “That’s the most to be thankful for. It could have been a lot worse.”

There was also damage to Cass Plaza on East Market Street.

Logansport Fire Chief Mark Strong said the department responded to gas leaks in the strip mall. After shutting off the gas and evacuating the businesses, he went on to discover a large part of the roof on the strip mall had ripped off during the storm, leaving puddles of water and crumbling ceiling tiles on the floors of several businesses.

One of the front windows at Cato had blown through, leaving shards of glass across the carpet and clothing displays.

“They’ve got glass clear back to the back of the store,” Strong said.

Part of the roof at the McHale Performing Arts Center at Logansport High School had also peeled back during the storm’s strong winds.

At 8 p.m. Sunday, Duke Energy’s website reported 1,776 customers were without power in Cass County.

The Associated Press reported Sunday afternoon that 12 counties across the state reported damage from storms, including the cities of Lebanon, Washington, Kokomo and Lafayette. Part of a school in Tippecanoe County had been torn away, injuring one teacher. There was flooding in Indianapolis and trucks blown over in Fountain County.

Beckman said other areas got hit harder.

“We do have a lot of damage and some of it is significant to houses but probably not as great as what they got in some other counties,” Beckman said, adding that he will be out today and the sunlight will provide for a more accurate assessment.

“For the most part, we survived this one,” he said. “There were no reports of any injuries and that’s the key thing.”

Mitchell Kirk is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached at 574-732-5130 or mitchell.kirk@pharostribune.com. Follow him: @PharosMAK

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