Lebanon Spared Fatalities, Sustains Costly Damage in Tornado

5 years 7 months 2 weeks ago Wednesday, February 29 2012 Feb 29, 2012 Wednesday, February 29, 2012 9:29:00 PM CST February 29, 2012 in News
By: Meghann Mollerus
loading

LEBANON - By 4 p.m. Wednesday, all residents in Lebanon had been accounted for, and emergency management reported only five minor injuries sustained in the tornado that ripped through the town just after midnight. 

According to Laclede County Emergency Management Director Jonathan Ayres, the town was "lucky," especially in wake of reported fatalities in nearby Buffalo and Cassville Counties.  "The reaction here in the community is that we've dodged a bullet. If this would have happened 24 hours later, we would have been right in the middle of opening day for Bennett Springs State Park for trout fishing season," he said. 

But, according to Ayres, several town businesses were not so lucky--major structural damage occurred throughout the town, especially at Tracker Marine Boat Shop.  A worker estimated the number of boats damaged will cost the company about a million dollars.  

On Ivey Road, the storm ripped off the roof of the MoDot salt tent and blew through a trailer park, demolishing some trailers beyond repair.  The roof and insulation of James Miller's trailer lay stuck in his backyard trees, and the mobile home had been shifted five feet.  Miller said he, his wife and two children were inside watching a loud, surround-sound movie when the tornado hit, and thus did not hear the sirens. When he grabbed his wife and kids and jumped into the bathtub, they heard a sound characteristic of a freight train.  Within minutes, it was over--the mobile home was badly battered, but the family was unharmed. The Millers credit their lives to their outdoor air conditioning unit, which prevented the trailer from toppling over.

Both James Miller and his wife Cynthia are unemployed, and the family has no immediate plan for when they must leave their temporary residence at a hotel--paid for by the Red Cross--in three days. But, they remain positive and say the experience has rendered for them a new sense of humility.

"We'll embrace it. We'll learn from it. We'll move on," said James Miller. "Next time, we won't just play the guessing game.  Cynthia Miller suppressed tears as she said, "Two total strangers came up here and gave us $20. And I'd like to thank them for that."

Though Governor Jay Nixon issued a state of emergency for Missouri Wednesday afternoon, Ayres said Lebanon is not asking for state assistance.  Power has been restored to most residents, and the Red Cross has closed its shelter due to lack of demand.  But, county officials are urging local residents to check with their insurance companies before removing any debris from their property.  

Emergency Management is monitoring potential severe weather forecasted again for Friday.

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri banned smoking on campus in 2013, but after issues with compliance over the past... More >>
22 minutes ago Thursday, October 19 2017 Oct 19, 2017 Thursday, October 19, 2017 10:29:00 PM CDT October 19, 2017 in News
FULTON- Fulton Medical Center is getting a new name along with its new owner. It will soon be called... More >>
41 minutes ago Thursday, October 19 2017 Oct 19, 2017 Thursday, October 19, 2017 10:10:00 PM CDT October 19, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Board of Education met Thursday and unanimously decided to vote 'no' on The Broadway Columbia's tax... More >>
3 hours ago Thursday, October 19 2017 Oct 19, 2017 Thursday, October 19, 2017 7:13:00 PM CDT October 19, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Elm Street will open on Friday after five months of construction. Patricia Hayles with Columbia Sewer Utility said... More >>
3 hours ago Thursday, October 19 2017 Oct 19, 2017 Thursday, October 19, 2017 6:59:00 PM CDT October 19, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - The Missouri Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that public defenders may not turn away clients without first getting permission... More >>
4 hours ago Thursday, October 19 2017 Oct 19, 2017 Thursday, October 19, 2017 6:37:00 PM CDT October 19, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA– A shuttle service responsible for bringing residents back-and-forth to campus is citing a communication breakdown for its slow response... More >>
4 hours ago Thursday, October 19 2017 Oct 19, 2017 Thursday, October 19, 2017 6:25:00 PM CDT October 19, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - On Thursday Missouri officials officially announced its proposal to attract Amazon's second headquarters to Missouri. Governor Eric... More >>
5 hours ago Thursday, October 19 2017 Oct 19, 2017 Thursday, October 19, 2017 5:51:00 PM CDT October 19, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Gov. Eric Greitens has appointed a Republican Missouri House member to serve as an associate circuit... More >>
5 hours ago Thursday, October 19 2017 Oct 19, 2017 Thursday, October 19, 2017 5:31:00 PM CDT October 19, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA -- The City of Columbia received recognition for its efforts in working towards LGBTQ equality. The city earned... More >>
5 hours ago Thursday, October 19 2017 Oct 19, 2017 Thursday, October 19, 2017 5:20:00 PM CDT October 19, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — An official from a company working to commercialize high-speed Hyperloop transportation says Missouri is among the... More >>
6 hours ago Thursday, October 19 2017 Oct 19, 2017 Thursday, October 19, 2017 4:23:00 PM CDT October 19, 2017 in News
FULTON -- A South Callaway High School student is accused of sending out a threatening Snapchat. Police said the... More >>
6 hours ago Thursday, October 19 2017 Oct 19, 2017 Thursday, October 19, 2017 3:54:00 PM CDT October 19, 2017 in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas City woman had pleaded guilty to failing to pay taxes on at least... More >>
7 hours ago Thursday, October 19 2017 Oct 19, 2017 Thursday, October 19, 2017 2:55:00 PM CDT October 19, 2017 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A woman has admitted that she lied about her nursing credentials to work at a St.... More >>
8 hours ago Thursday, October 19 2017 Oct 19, 2017 Thursday, October 19, 2017 2:33:00 PM CDT October 19, 2017 in News
FULTON – Ameren Missouri’s Callaway Energy Center is in the middle of a 55-day outage, where crews will replace fuel... More >>
9 hours ago Thursday, October 19 2017 Oct 19, 2017 Thursday, October 19, 2017 1:42:00 PM CDT October 19, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Students were speaking out in frustration Thursday about how professors handled Wednesday's active threat on the MU campus.... More >>
9 hours ago Thursday, October 19 2017 Oct 19, 2017 Thursday, October 19, 2017 1:40:00 PM CDT October 19, 2017 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - Access to health care can be a matter of life or death. Callaway County's only hospital almost... More >>
10 hours ago Thursday, October 19 2017 Oct 19, 2017 Thursday, October 19, 2017 12:47:00 PM CDT October 19, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - The question of whether to rename Robert E. Lee Elementary, in part because of its Confederate roots, will... More >>
10 hours ago Thursday, October 19 2017 Oct 19, 2017 Thursday, October 19, 2017 12:44:00 PM CDT October 19, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The attorneys general for 49 states and the District of Columbia reached a settlement with General Motors... More >>
10 hours ago Thursday, October 19 2017 Oct 19, 2017 Thursday, October 19, 2017 11:57:11 AM CDT October 19, 2017 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 65°
11pm 59°
12am 60°
1am 59°
2am 58°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

10:35p
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
11:37p
Late Night with Seth Meyers
12:37a
Last Call with Carson Daly
10:30p
Rules of Engagement
11:00p
Rules of Engagement
11:30p
The King of Queens

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
Superstore
7:30p
The Good Place
8:00p
Will & Grace
8:31p
Great News
9:00p
Chicago Fire
7:00p
Supernatural
8:00p
Arrow
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld