South Plains residents clean up storm damage - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/17/09

South Plains residents clean up storm damage

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - People across the South Plains spent the day cleaning up the damage Thursday's storms left behind.

Lance Dunn spent Friday morning picking up shingles and assessing the damage from Thursday night's storm. "It hit, and you knew instantly that it was something major," he said. Across the South Plains, hail and high winds caused major problems. "It uprooted a couple barns, and knocked my fence down, and it took my shingles off," said Dunn. 

Flood waters submerged a car in Idalou. In Tulia, one business has major damage from hail that came down across the city. Hail reported up to tennis ball size also damaged several Lubbock residents cars and roofs. Just northwest of Shallowater, high winds rolled a horse trailer about 30 feet.

Broad Horizons Learning Center in Lubbock had to close it's doors Friday because of flood damage. "You opened the doors and the water was just gushing in," said owner Hilda Burrow.

Employees saved all their equipment, but spent the day trying to dry out the carpets and clean the building of flood residue. They say it's hard work, but they plan to stay positive because they just have to look at the artwork on the wall for a reminder that April showers bring May flowers. "There's a reason for everything that happens, so we'll just, you know, do the best we can and go on," said Burrow. 

We spoke to a few tree removal services in Lubbock, and they said in the city there was minimal tree damage and that it could have been a lot worse.

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