Wind, Hail And Rain Cause Damage Across State

By: Alicia Myers, Jared Cerullo Email
By: Alicia Myers, Jared Cerullo Email

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Strong winds, hail and heavy rains caused damage to roofs in South Wichita, especially to churches and schools.

"You can see parts of the outside. It's ripped off enough on this edge, that we're losing any kind of protection from the outside," said Karen Wilson, Midway Baptist Church Office Administrator.

The storm blew parts of the roof off the Midway Baptist Church, tearing it to the ground.

"It's bent down so heavy that it's bent down the grid, and of course, we'll have issues checking out the lighting," said Wilson.

Inside the church, insulation tumbled to the rain-soaked carpet, and evidence of a Sunday school room was no more.

"You can see little holes up there, and you don't usually get a sky light in a church. That's something you usually have to pay extra for," said Wilson.

Nearby, Campus High School was without power early Thursday morning, forcing classes to be canceled for the day, and repairs to be made to the school's roof.

"There's debris all over campus, great big hunks of shingles and roofing material," said Liz Hames, Community Relations Coordinator.

Neighbors across the street were left wondering how their trees were uprooted.

"My bother-in-laws tree got blown over too," said one resident.

In the end, all storm victims said they were thankful only material possessions were lost.

"The point of it all isn't the stuff anyway. We're a church. We're about serving the Lord, and we're about ministering to the congregation and our community," said Wilson.

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