Weather Causes Injuries & Damage in Gaines County - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/27/07

Weather Causes Injuries & Damage in Gaines County

Four people are recovering from injuries in Gaines County after hurricane force winds ripped through town. In Seminole, there were reports that a trailer home flipped over injuring the four people inside.

A 300-foot radio tower fell on the Agape Church, damaging surrounding buildings and crushing a bus. Many roofs and fences also were damaged or destroyed.

"It was just blowing so hard that you could just hear those trees just cracking and they made a pretty loud boom when they went down," said Seminole resident Trana Sparks.

"It did some considerable damage behind us. A cell phone tower and radio tower were knocked over. There's a lot of debris on the roads, a lot of trees down, and trampolines in the roads," said Seminole resident Eric Boyd.

"It was very high winds. It was the hardest when the wind blew and the longest that I've ever seen. I don't really think it was a tornado, I think it was a hard straight winds," said Sparks.

"We were out of power for about 2 to 3 hours. On the west side, it came on a little early, but down here on the east side it snapped the main line. When the tower came down, it snapped the main electricity lines on this side of town," said Boyd.

NewsChannel 11 has been told the power is back on in most places as of Wednesday evening. We'll have complete details on the clean up effort on NewsChannel 11 at 10.

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