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Wind damage halts construction

Monday, October 27, 2008

Wind gusts Sunday night into Monday morning ripped the trusses off the frame of the new Wallace Brothers Inc. garage/recycling facility on west United States 40. [Order this photo]
Larry Wallace had a unique experience Monday morning when he drove by the new Wallace Brothers, Inc. building site on United States 40.

"I drive by there every day on my way to Knightsville," Wallace said. "When I passed it, I thought it looked odd. Then it dawned on me, it looked like the roof was missing."

When he turned around and drove back, Wallace discovered approximately 35-37 roof trusses on the garage/recycling facility lying on the concrete floor. Several of the walls in the new 50-by-150 foot wood structure were also damaged as the trusses fell.

There is no damage estimate, although insurance adjusters are expected to arrive Tuesday.

The office building in front of the wooden structure has no apparent damage from the high winds.

"Of course this will set things back a bit, probably about two or three weeks," Wallace said. "We were planning to move in to the new buildings in December and open to the public in January."

However, with workers from the Terre Haute firm of Sankey Construction, Inc., having to basically start over on the frame work and winter weather just around the corner, Wallace wondered if the project will be completed by January.

"Hopefully the weather will hang in there and we'll get it done soon," he said. "Now, it all depends on the weather."

No other wind damage was reported to the Clay County Sheriff's Department.

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