05/26/2011 Storm Coverage: Union County
ANNA-- Although tornado warnings were issued in Union County, no twisters actually touched down but strong winds did create a lot of damage on Wednesday night.
Thunder, lightning, and rain accompanied those strong winds, blowing around signs at the Casey's General Store in Anna. Mother nature also lifted an entire storage shed off its cement slab, tossing it across an alley behind Linda Cain's house.
"I looked out the window and hollered at my son in law," she explained. "I said Jason, my shed's gone, and all the toys were still sitting there that was in it."
During a break in the storm, kids played in a road that was covered by water. But other roads were blocked off by police due to downed power lines. Anna police chief Dale Foster asks the public to be patient as emergency crews clean up.
"If they would, just stay in the house until we can get everything assessed," Foster said. "Don't be out driving around, let us do our job and lets get those lines taken care of before they start getting out."
The winds also snapped a large tree in half, and sent it crashing onto the home of Lou Basler. She says she wasn't home at the time, but from what authorities tell her, she saw the worst of the damage.
"That's not really what you want to be able to hang your hat on, but it's what I've got," she said. "And I've got a lot of good people here with family and friends, neighbors have all come out, so we'll get it taken care of."
Emergency Event AIC20110523