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Bad weather brings more than rain, damages buildings

POSTED: Wednesday, January 25, 2012 - 5:00pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am

COLLEGE STATION -- In College Station, the severe storms caused more damage than good even though the rain was desperately needed.

Social media sites blew up this morning with people talking about these rare storms in Central Texas and while the rain was a welcome sight, the damage left behind was not.

"Yeah it's pretty surprising when you wake up and someone's calling and saying that the building wall has been ripped off by a storm," said Texas Center property manager, Jason Seal.

Wind gusts of up to 50 to 60 miles per hour ripped through College Station this morning, taking off the siding at the Texas Center office building and that wasn't the storm's only victim.

The windows at the Card and Party Factory, also located on Texas Avenue, were blown out when the store manager Tina Chatham showed up for work.

"I've never had any storm damage and even with the hurricanes we've had a couple of times, I've never had any damage from any of that so this was very different," Chatham said.

Residents we spoke with today said the Brazos Valley was in desperate need of rain but no one was quite prepared for the amount of flooding and damages it would cause.

Gant Solomon said, "We needed the rain but not this bad. It's pretty destructive, I mean over here there's a lot of damaged building."

"What they have that's totally demolished and even to have a few windows still sitting there is just amazing how it picked out. I just don't know what to say," said Faye Lane.

The rain may have only stuck around for a few hours but the clean-up will take much longer than that.

Both the Texas Center property manager and the manager for Card and Party say business will remain open while the damages are repaired.

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