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Tornado clean up

By Staff | May 13, 2015

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LAKE?CITY While a tornado ripped through the countryside from Carroll County north into Calhoun County Sunday evening around 7:25 p.m., farms in the area were largely spared from destruction.

A few farms northeast of Lake City did suffer damage, however, as the storm tracked northeast. Above, Nick Burley pulls his John Deere Gator around to the front driveway at the farm of his grandmother, Marj Burley, northeast of Lake City, so his children, Katie and Nathan, can help load branches.

The twister that ripped through Lake City Sunday evening uprooted a large tree, mangled part of Burley’s grain-handling system, blew over a small bin and flipped a camper (visible against the bunker n background) at Marj Burley’s farm northeast of Lake City.

The EF1 tornado destroyed a machine shed and blew debris across one farmstead just a few miles north of town.

SOUTH CENTRAL CALHOUN FFA members and other volunteers helped remove debris from the high school in Lake City, including insulation and parts of the building’s roof.

The twister uprooted a large tree, mangled part of the grain-handling system, blew over a small bin and upended a camper on the Burley farm northeast of Lake City.

Some of the insulation from the high school in Lake City was blown out into the fields near the farm, reported Nick Burley, who farms in the area and serves on the Calhoun County Farm Bureau board. To add insult to injury, a violent hail storm hit the Lake City area just minutes after the tornado struck. The hailstones, which were marble-sized and larger, damaged newly-emerged corn in some fields.

An estimated to 1.6 inches of rain accompanied the storm, creating ponds in some fields, leaving some farmers wondering whether they will have to replant some of those acres.

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SINCE LAKE CITY lost electric service following the tornado Sunday evening, members of the South Central Calhoun FFA, including Jennifer Hood in the trailer, and other volunteers gathered Monday to help load boxes of frozen food from the kitchen at the high school. Decker Truck Line Inc. helped transport the food to another location.