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News :: Storms cause wind and water damage throughout county
· 5:33pm June 30th, 2014
While Vinton residents were apparently spared any major damage in this afternoon's storms, other areas of Benton County were not so fortunate.
Houses in the area of Taylor Avenue and Meadow View Drive on the west edge of Urbana -- where several homes had sustained damage during the wind storm of July 11, 2011 -- were damaged again by what residents described as a tornado on Monday afternoon. Hours earlier, the neighborhood streets had been flooded by the torrential rains of Sunday night.
On Monday afternoon, a roof was lifted almost entirely from one house; garages were destroyed and siding was ripped off the front of another attached garage.
Don Westerdorf's home at 2450 Taylor was among the most-seriously damaged; he said other parts of his house were affected by the 2011 wind storm.
In addition to the damage to buildings, some LP tanks were blown off their foundations and rolled into neighbor's yards. Crews from TJ Gas arrived to secure those tanks and prevent gas leaks.
Several people in the neighborhood described seeing a twister.
"My neighbor said he saw a tornado," says Vinton-Shellsburg teacher Stephanie Francois-Miller, who rode out the storm in her basement.
Francois-Miller said her family, which moved in December into a house which had lost its roof in 2011, was very fortunate this time.
In Vinton, First Avenue between 2nd and 3rd Street was under water for a while, as were a few other streets. Some residents reported limbs breaking from trees.
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