Post-Christmas winds damage downtown Rotan

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Tarps were placed over the equipment in the fitness center to prevent further damage after the storm. - PHOTO SUBMITTED BY HEATHER BUCHANAN

Strong winds blew through the region the day after Christmas, knocking over trees, blowing trucks off the road, and tearing the roof off a downtown business and sent it flying into the Christmas tree in Rotan’s town square.

Garreth Pipes with the Rotan Community Service League—the organization that owns the tree—said the damage was minor. There were a couple of bent limbs and a few broken lights on the tree’s new star, but otherwise, there was no significant harm. Pipes said if the wind had blown the debris another 10 feet, it would have taken the tree out completely.

The Fisher County Hospital’s Physical Therapy building was not so lucky, as it was the PT building’s roof that went flying into the town square. The Fisher County Sheriff’s Department, along with local fire departments, EMS, and a number of local residents arrived later to assist with the cleanup.

Fortunately, there were no injuries reported during the storm, but the physical therapy building will remain closed until repairs can be made. The hospital administration was not available for comment on the extent of the damage or the when the building may be reopened for business.

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