Earth City Industrial Park Damaged By Friday’s Storms

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EARTH CITY, MO (KTVI) - Surveillance video showed Friday-night's damaging storm leaving a dangerous Saturday-morning clean-up task in Earth City.

While crews spent Saturday clearing a parking-lot pileup, Corporate Interior Select employees cleaned up their warehouse after Friday night's storm charged through an industrial park on Corporate Trail Drive.  A security camera captured high winds blowing the cargo-bay doors off their tracks.

"We have a few interior walls that were blown over," said CI Select`s Chief Financial Officer Brian Heigel. "There`s only a few major water leaks inside."

A second security camera showed a huge wall collapsing between CI Select and S.P. Richards Business Supplies.  One CI employee said she is amazed workers in the business next door weren't hurt.

Outside, the storm almost leveled a 53-foot trailer packed floor to ceiling with 40,000 pounds of carpet.  An industrial dumpster held the trailer up a 45-degree angle.

"That was our recycle truck," Heigel said. "We're taking the carpets to the recycling mill.  As you can see, the roof was ripped right off it.  It's over there bound up like a tin can."

Clifford Dabney said his truck, at the Best Buy warehouse, escaped getting thrown like a small toy.  But, he also said some of the damaged rigs belonged to independent contractors who could be writing some big checks soon.

"I feel sorry for these guys because they got a lot of damage, and that's a lot of money," Dabney pointed out.  "Insurance payment is going to skyrocket."

The cleanup was almost as dangerous as the storm with men triple-checking cables used to gently turn trucks back on their wheels.  Crews at other businesses boarded up hundreds of shattered windows.

There were no injuries reported during the cleanup or the storm.

"I think that, in itself, is a blessing, because no injuries," Dabney said.  "Property damage?  Property damage can be fixed.  People can't, in some cases."

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