Weekend winds wreck county road shed

Darrell Todd Maurina

Weekend winds wreck county road shed

High winds Sunday collapsed a wall and brought down part of the roof of the Pulaski County eastern district road shed.
ST. ROBERT, Mo. (Dec. 16, 2008) — High winds and rain combined Sunday night to rip part of the metal roof off Pulaski County’s eastern district road shed, Commissioner Bill Farnham reported during Monday morning’s county commission meeting.

Farnham told commissioners that he first learned about the problem around 10 p.m. Sunday when the eastern district road supervisor, Stan Crismon, called to report serious problems at the road shed located near the junction of Highway Z and Highway 28 at the eastern end of St. Robert.

“It lifted that tin roof up enough that I don’t know if it pulled nails out or what, but it was dripping water in there last night,” Farnham said. “When I went out there last night, the wind had knocked the shed down. I even had to call the electric because some of the power lines were down and laying on top of the fuel tanks.”

Farnham said he didn’t have a clear idea yet how much damage had been done to the road shed, but said the storage bins which hold road asphalt and road salt now have extensive leaks. The county’s insurance agent, Ken Bassett, was attending the meeting on other business and asked to see photographs of the damage.

Commissioner Dennis Thornsberry told Bassett that a personal inspection would be needed, not just looking at the photographs.

“Get out there in that cold air and take some photos; you earn your money that way,” Thornsberry said.

Bassett assured commissioners that insurance company representatives would make a personal inspection of the damage. Farnham told Bassett that he’s asked his road workers to leave the damaged shed as-is until insurance adjustors could evaluate the building.

Speaking after the meeting, Farnham said he “didn’t have a clue” on the dollar amount of the damage, but said a gas pump was damaged, part of the roof was blown off, and part of the walls were blown down.

The damage could have been much worse, Farnham acknowledged, noting that the only major piece of construction equipment left in the building was a bobcat, and that wasn’t damaged.

“When you have electric lines down and diesel and gas out there, it gets scary and you worry about things going kaboom,” Farnham said.

Farnham said the main area of roof damage was limited to the salt bin and the asphalt storage, but other parts of the roof were damaged as well.

“Fortunately we didn’t have any other major equipment around,” Farnham said. “It also tore off part of the roof over our garage where we work on vehicles. Thank heavens it didn’t collapse that roof.”

In related matters, Farnham said he’s located a supplier of road salt, Forest Nagle of Triple-C trucking, who can provide salt at a price of $110 per ton plus $13 per ton transportation cost with cash-on-delivery required.

“That’s the cheapest I’ve heard of so far,” Thornsberry said.

Commissioners agreed to purchase road salt but Farnham said he wasn’t sure where the salt could be put for his eastern district pending repairs to the road shed.

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