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Enid Tornados Cause Road Damage

Enid Tornados Cause Road Damage

This article first appeared in Newsok.com.

FROM STAFF REPORTS
Published: April 28, 2009

Wind and water damage reports from storms trickled into the state’s emergency management agency Monday after a night of heavy rain and tornado activity, spokeswoman Michelann Ooten said.

In Woodward, flood damage was reported to several buildings, Ooten said. Area roads were damaged and at least three bridges were closed Monday due to high water, Ooten said.

In Roger Mills County, damage reports from a Sunday storm included roofs torn from a house and a barn near Crawford. A trailer also was damaged, Ooten said.

A tornado touched down in a field, but no damage was reported, Roger Mills County Sheriff Joe Hay said. A house was destroyed near the border of Ellis and Roger Mills counties, Hay said.

A tornado on Saturday night in Enid damaged the roof of the Expo Center and caused damage to houses, businesses and power lines, but no serious injuries were reported.

Another tornado struck the neighboring community of Kremlin about 10:45 p.m. The storms damaged trailers and killed some cattle, said Mike Honigsberg, Garfield County emergency manager.

In Kingfisher County, the Cimarron River was being closely monitored at Dover, but had not caused any flooding Monday, a sheriff’s dispatcher said.

In Grant County, a bridge was out Monday for repairs on State Highway 132 from Nash north to SH 11, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said.

In Kay County, SH 156 between U.S. 60 and Marland east of Tonkawa was closed due to high water, the state Department of Transportation reported, as was U.S. 77 from Tonkawa south to SH 156 in Noble County.

In Alfalfa County, a bridge was out on SH 8 north of Cleo Springs and south of SH 8B at the Aline turnoff, the patrol said.

In Oklahoma City, firefighters doused a house blaze that was caused by lightning, fire Deputy Chief Cecil Clay said. The house at 9801 S Manor Circle was hit by lightning, although the occupants did not realize it. Insulation in the attic smoldered until it caught fire about 5:30 a.m.

National Weather Service meteorologist Jennifer Bowen said field visits to determine storm damage in the state had not been completed Monday.

"We have not yet conducted surveys,” she said. "It may take a couple of days.”

Injury avoided
A cart driven by a meter reader working for Oklahoma City tipped over on a rain-slick surface about 3 p.m. Monday near NW 6 and Classen Boulevard.

The meter reader apparently was not injured but was taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure, a police spokeswoman said.

Fire crews freed her from the overturned cart, police spokesman Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow said.

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