“I was standing here,” said station owner Dave Crooks, showing the spot he was standing inside when the coolers struck his building. Had it not been for the old bank safe and night depository boxes in the wall where he was standing, Crooks could have been severely injured. Luckily, he was uninjured and besides the cracked wall and a lot of broken glass, he believed the station would be able to be repaired.
“We’re currently out broadcasting on U.S. 50 near the towers at the little building with a couple of microphones and a CD player,” said Crooks.
The entire Washington Plaza on the west side, which is home to Hudson Office Supplies, Dollar General, Hometown IGA, Goodwill, the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, among other businesses, received damage to the facade of many of the stores and the chiller from Dollar General’s portion of the building, was deposited in the Reid’s Deli parking lot.
Long John Silver’s drive-thru ordering system was also destroyed as well as other signage for restaurant.
The entire area from plaza to the Angle Inn, which lost shingles from its roof, was still scattered with debris, including heads of lettuce, pieces of meat and salad dressing cups, as of Monday morning although cleanup efforts were under way. Several volunteers and employees of the businesses damaged were sweeping up debris and doing as much as they could without electricity.