Weekend storms wreak havoc, cause major damage in Temple

POSTED: Monday, February 11, 2013 - 3:06pm
UPDATED: Monday, February 11, 2013 - 11:10pm

Temple Fire and Rescue crews were kept busy early Sunday morning, as they responded to multiple damage-related incidents, across Temple, that occured as a result of a strong thunderstorm that moved through the area.

There were reports of downed power lines and scattered debris in roadways, but the most significant damage was found in the Western Hills area of Temple. Trees were reportedly uprooted in homes along West Adams Avenue, Apache, and Blackfoot Drive.

A large tree fell into a home in the Whispering Oaks subdivision, but fortunately the sole occupant of the home was unharmed and is staying with family.

The high winds also removed an overhanging awning and peeled off a portion of the roof at Brentwood Apartments, located at 3000 West Adams Avenue. Management reports significant damage to four units, displacing ten occupants.

 Those occupants have been temporarily relocated to other empty apartments or are with family. No one reported injuries. They will be permanently relocated to other units within the same complex during this week.

Business signs were destroyed at “Quick Shop and Go”, located at Olaf and West Adams and at New Hope Community Church, located at Two Apache Drive. No injuries were reported as a result of either of those two incidents.

 The first storm related calls were received at 3:21 a.m., and the final call for storm damage was made at 4:56 a.m. However, scattered calls continued to come in throughout the day Sunday, as Central Texans awakened to find damage from the storms that did not wake home occupants at the time they occurred.

As the spring approaches, the threat of severe thunderstorms and tornados increase. Temple Fire and Rescue encourages all families to make a plan. You can find more information on severe storm preparation and planning at www.ready.gov/natural-disasters.

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