Jun 3, 2012 6:41 PM by Lacey Steele

Lamar residents begin storm damage clean-up

A lot of storm damage seems to be in Lamar, and it's not believed a tornado even touched down there.

The National Weather Service says it was straight line winds that were strong enough to lift a canopy off a gas station and drop it onto the pumps.

We spent the day in Lamar as folks there cleaned up.

Residents who heard the storm Saturday night say when they walked outside they expected the damage to be a lot worse than it actually is.

The worst of it seems to be at the Tank N' Tummy Phillips 66 gas station on Main Street.

"All of a sudden, just a big old gust of wind came, and it stayed for a few minutes," said Debbie Wilson, a resident of Lamar. "It was really pretty scary."

Wilson lives near the damaged gas station in an area that didn't have power for more than half a day because of six downed poles.

Crews worked all night to replace the wooden poles with steel ones and got the power back on.

At the gas station, workers tell us they have no clue how long it will take to repair the pumps, but their store is still open.

They say they're grateful to Lamar's fire fighters and Dewitt Enterprises for helping them get the canopy moved overnight, and they did use the emergency shut-off when the storm took it down.

"I called a friend of mine who lives right by here to make sure she was okay because over in the park a tree got uprooted and knocked over," said Cindy Jones, a resident of Lamar.

That's in Willow Creek Park which was closed today because of the downed trees.

Workers replacing poles tell us they also heard of some damage up near Wiley, but it was only minor.

Residents in Lamar say they also heard of damage to fences and trailers.

Luckily there are no reports of injuries from that line of storms that moved across the plains Saturday evening.



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