High winds cause area damage

By Russell Hood
The Webster Progress-Times

High winds caused damage in the area Monday afternoon, when 50- to 60-
mph gusts were reported in Northeast Mississippi.

The most significant local damage was in Maben, where the top of an
elevated water tank blew off about 1:45 p.m. and hit the old town
hall building under it.

Maben Water Superintendent Flip Magee said the water tank will have
to be replaced, according to a broadcast report. Mayor Larry Pruitt
said he was waiting for insurance information to determine what the
next step will be for replacement of the tank, which dates back to
the early 1930s. A second tank will be able to meet the needs of
water customers until the tank is replaced, officials said.

Some of the store buildings on Second Avenue (Main Street) and Maben
Methodist Church also had damage, resident Terry Harpole reported. He
said part of the church roof was ripped back and one of the rooms had
standing water in the floor. Some limbs and trees fell around town.

In Eupora, damaging winds flattened the baseball dugout at Spud
Stennett Park.

Barry Rushing, Webster County Emergency Management Agency director,
said that on Spring Creek Road, trees blew down and shingles and
tarpaper blew off the roof of a house. Additionally, he said a tree
limb blew down on Don Wicha’s house in Walthall and some power lines
were downed on Old Walthall Road.

The area was under a severe thunderstorm warning from about 1-1:45
p.m. No injuries were reported locally.