Thursday, April 9, 2009
Storm causes damage
By SUE WATSON
High winds along Highway 7 North at the Jerry Bolden ranch and further north at Dwight Skelton’s mobile home did roof and tin damage Thursday about 7:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Other structures in the area were said to have sustained wind damage.
Part of the tin on Jerry “Rookie” Bolden Jr.’s house, back of Bolden’s store on Highway 7 North, was stripped off and blown into the top of a tree and scattered over the hills. Tin siding along a section of a vacant chicken barn at the farm behind Rookie’s house was also ripped up and the tin roofing was lifted along part of the edge.
Bolden said he had been remodeling the old house and it was nearly ready for occupancy before about half the roof was torn off and the rest was lifted from the walls but remained in place.
“It sounded like a bull dozer running over the house,” Bolden said.
Bolden and his friends Steve Clanton and Otis Ray had sheets of white and green plastic covering the exposed portions by mid-morning Friday.
About one mile further north on the west side of the highway, Dwight Skelton and his father and associates with Thomas LP Gas, his employer, were busy picking up sections of his carport and front porch that had been ripped off by winds and thrown in the pasture northwest of his house.
Skelton said he and his wife Darleen were watching their son perform at a rodeo in Senatobia when the storm hit their luckily unoccupied mobile home.
The Skeltons have lived 28 years in the mobile home, since they married, and had put a new roof over the one that came on the home and extended the roof over to make a porch the length of the house.
The storm snapped the electric service pole behind the house about five or six feet above ground. A projectile had also been thrown through the east side of the front bedroom wall and exited the other side.
Minor damage was done to one of Thomas LP Gas’s trucks that was parked beside the home.
The Skeltons didn’t have to wait until they got home from the rodeo to know their home had been hit.
“A friend of ours from Tennessee came into the rodeo and told me the wind blew him off the road about four miles north of my house and then when he came by he noticed this,” said Dwight Skelton, pointing to the missing porch.
The Skeltons said they were glad they were not at home.
“I told him (the friend) I’d probably be at the funeral home today,” Darleen Skelton said. “Our friend asked Dwight, ‘Y’all take your porch down?’ Dwight said, ‘No.’ ”
Luckily, the Skeltons still have the original roof skin over their home so they should be pretty much in the dry while they make repairs.
The Skeltons expressed their gratitude to Kevin Thomas for sending some of his work crews to help clean up the yard so the utility department could come in and replace the pole and turn the power back on.
The wind produced other damage, including blowing down the sign to the entrance to the Knotty Bolden Rodeo site on Highway 7.
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