Emergency management officials, firefighters and other volunteers were back on the scene in the Nobob and Moore roads area of Barren County early Saturday morning helping with the cleanup effort following a storm that destroyed 15 to 20 homes and heavily damaged another dozen homes, plus numerous barns and sheds.

“We’ve got people coming in to help with the cleanup. We have a crew here from a church in Campbellsville and the Salvation Army is out,” Tony Richey, emergency management director for Barren County, said.

As of Saturday morning, Richey did not have a cost estimate on the damage.

“We’ve got damage teams coming out and the National Weather Service teams will be here within the hour to determine the severity of the storm,” he said.

Richey expected to have a cost estimate on the damage, but not until after press time Saturday, and whether it had been a tornado or straight line winds.

Four people were injured in the storm, but there were no fatalities.

“Three people were transported to T.J. Samson Community Hospital; two adults and a child and the other one did not seek medical transport,” he said.

It is unlikely the Barren County families whose homes were destroyed will receive financial help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Richey said, because there wasn’t enough damage to warrant such assistance.

The only FEMA assistance that might be available would possibly be for power companies, Richey said.

The Salvation Army fed volunteers Friday and Saturday who were assisting with the clean-up in Barren County.

“Last night we served about 75 sandwich meals. This morning we sent out 50 breakfasts, and for lunch we’ve got 100 sandwiches from Dairy Queen,” Dina Meyers, field service representative, said.

The Salvation Army was also doing case work for families who needed assistance.

Officials and volunteers with the Barren County Chapter of the American Red Cross spent Saturday morning going from house to house to see if anyone needed help.

“So far we haven’t had anyone who has needed immediate assistance,” Stacy Janes, executive director, said.

A neighboring Metcalfe County community, Summer Shade, also received damage from Friday’s storms.

“A house and a barn was destroyed on Froedge-Dubree Road, and I don’t know what else,” Dale Rowlett, Summer Shade Volunteer Fire Department chief, said.

On Pitcock Road another house, two sheds and barn were also destroyed, he said.

At least 25 homes in the Metcalfe County community of Center were also damaged.

“From the first storm we got a lot of hail damage over on the north end, over around Center,” Gary Fancher, Metcalfe County’s emergency management director, said. “We don’t have any homes destroyed like Summer Shade, but we’ve got a lot of homes that have been hit by hail.”

There are also a lot of vehicles with broken windshields, Fancher said, including his own.

The area had hailstones ranging in size from golf balls to baseballs and even softballs, he said.

Officials reported no injuries in either Metcalfe County community.

The city of Horse Cave in Hart County also sustained hail damage.

“It was one of the worst hailstorms I’ve ever seen,” Mayor JoAnne Smith said. “We had considerable damage to all of the west side of the structures for about a two- or three-block area. The windows were blown out of the Baptist Church and the Christian Church and out of the Thomas House and out of the upstairs of City Hall. Any aluminum siding building looked like it had been shot with a shot gun.”

In some areas of Horse Cave there was 2 feet of hail, Kerry McDaniel, Hart County’s emergency management director, said.

In the town’s outer-lying areas, McDaniel said, hailstones ranged in size from marbles to golf balls.

The roofs of some homes were also blown off in the storm, he said, but no injuries have been reported.

Like officials in Barren and Metcalfe counties, McDaniel did not have a cost estimate on storm damage at press time.


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