Lawrenceburg Public Library damaged in storm

Strong winds cause widespread damage
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Posted at 7:45 PM, Feb 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-06 00:00:22-05

LAWRENCEBURG, Tenn. (WTVF) — Strong winds caused significant damage to the Lawrenceburg Public Library during Wednesday night's storms.

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Photos: WLX Radio
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Photos: WLX Radio

The roof was heavily damaged, and it will be closed indefinitely. Officials said the Loretto Branch will remain open.

Officials said further updates will be posted to the library's Facebook page.

It wasn't the only building damaged in Lawrenceburg. A home on the 4300 block of Gimlet Road was also damaged when trees fell through it due to strong winds, and the carport was destroyed.

The Lawrence County EMA Director Bill Phillips said multiple agencies are working to clear downed trees and power lines throughout Lawrence County. The Lawrenceburg Utility System has dispatched crews to restore power which at last report was impacting 1,100 customers after a peak of 3,500.

Phillips said the most severe damage was around the library. Isolated damage was reported at numerous locations throughout the county with several structures severely damaged by falling trees. Additional damage assessments will be conducted in the morning.

The gym at Lawrenceburg Rotary Park was opened as an emergency shelter for those who are unable to stay with neighbors or friends. Thankfully, no injuries were reported.

Lawrenceburg wasn't the only county hit. Tornado Warnings were issued for Rutherford, Bedford, Coffee and Marshall Counties Wednesday night.

*Editor's Note: Initial reports from emergency officials said the home was "levelled." Once our crew got on scene, we learned the home was severely damaged, but not destroyed.