Storms ravage Greenwood County
Wednesday, July 09, 2014 5:38 PM
Thunderstorms ravaged Greenwood County on Tuesday afternoon, causing damage in the county's outlying areas.
The top portion of Subway's roof, located on
Cothran Bridge, now lays in Lake Greenwood
after being ripped off during a thunderstorm
Wednesday. (MADDY JONES | INDEX-JOURNAL)
One of the most significant instances of damage involved the Subway off Highway 72 on Lake Greenwood, at the end of Cothran Bridge, where a piece of the roof had been torn off and blown into the lake.
Greg Lindley, director of the Laurens County Fire Service, said severe thunderstorms came across the lake with straight-line winds hitting the Sonoco gas station and Subway. Lindley said the storm pulled off about one quarter of the restaurant's metal roof.
Structural debris, including insulation, was scattered across the parking and in the lake.
Lindley said his office was called at about 1:30 p.m.
Laurens County Emergency Management, the Laurens County fire marshal and a county building official were at the scene.
The amount of the damage is unknown.
In a separate incident, two large trees were uprooted, stretching across U.S. Route 178 in Hodges at the opposite ends of the road's intersection with Route 246.
Department of Transportation maintenance engineer Billy Lybrand said there were downed power and telephone lines in addition to the trees. He said his department received a call about the incident at 12:45 p.m.
His team would be setting up traffic control, cutting out power lines and removing trees from the roadway and shoulder. He said the total cleanup time would be a few hours, dependent on how long it takes Duke Energy personnel to repair power lines.
Hodges resident Laurie Craatz, whose house was adjacent to one of the fallen trees, said her power was out. She said she heard heavy rains while inside her home and that a neighbor told her a tornado had swept through the area.