Not so calm after the storm: the aftermath of the West Texas wind - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/9/09

Not so calm after the storm: the aftermath of the West Texas wind storm

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Folks around the South Plains are picking up the pieces after winds of more than 60 miles per hour tore through the area on Tuesday.

Response crews stayed busy all day Tuesday, between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., NewsChannel 11 received different reports of damage almost every five minutes.

Now, insurance companies will have to shell out thousands of dollars to fix the damage.

"We started out about 11:30 yesterday morning with some power lines down and a grass fire, and we ended up getting through with weather related calls about 7 last night," says Levelland Fire Chief Marvin Brewer.

Calls flooded local emergency response crews due to the wind storm, but on Wednesday, it's the insurance companies who must deal with the damage from mother nature's battle with structures like the apartment complex in Levelland with wind damage.

"On this roof, probably ballpark $25,000-$30,000 worth of damage, and that happened within about 10-15 minutes," says Dee Macha, an insurance company owner.

The same storm, with winds of up to 60 miles per hour, tore bricks off of buildings. The Twin Oaks Apartments sustained this type of damage.

A red tint filled the air as blowing dust created low visibility for drivers. The wind spread fires across the South Plains including a cotton module that caught fire near FM 1585 and Slide Road.

The wind also knocked down power lines causing power outages for hundreds across the area. Macha says they see a wind storm like this one every three or four years.

It's not something property owners or the insurance agents want to see, but Macha says it's all part of living on the South Plains. "In west Texas we've got high wind and high hail."

Macha says he thinks they will fix the roof on the Levelland apartment complex by Sunday, and he hopes we wont have any more severe weather before then.

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