Storms Destroy Indianola Airport Terminal

INDIANOLA, IA (Ben Caxton) — Storms that dropped more than six inches of rain over the weekend as they passed through Indianola did a lot more damage than just flooding the streets. The city says powerful winds associated with the storms destroyed Indianola’s newly remodeled airport terminal building. The rains sent floodwaters across U.S. Highway 82 for a time, and the winds damaged about half a dozen homes, including one severely. The offices of Charles Davis Real Estate and Construction were nearly split in half by a large oak tree that crashed through the roof and walls during the height of the storm. Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant tweeted on Sunday that he had signed a state of emergency declaration for all areas affected by the storms. Elsewhere in Mississippi authorities rescued a man clinging to a tree and another man and his 4-year-old child from the roof of a submerged pickup truck. Flooding is also thought to have played a role in the derailment of a freight train near Lumberton Saturday morning.


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