Cleanup begins after violent storm knocks down two condo walls - WNEM TV 5

Cleanup begins after violent storm knocks down two condo walls

Posted: Updated:
GAUTIER, MS (WLOX) -

Strong winds from Monday's severe weather caused some damage to a condominium complex in Gautier. Two walls at the Riverbend Condominiums came crashing down around 8 p.m.

Piece by piece, crews started removing a wall that was knocked down by brutal winds Monday night.

"I'm really shaken up. I haven't been asleep all night, because the wind was hitting up against the wall and I was really scared that the wall would come in," said Donna Gibson.

Gibson recalled those frightening moments when the storm blew through the Riverbend Condominiums on Martin Bluff Road. Her unit is just on the other side of the collapsed wall.

"I heard it just in time. I grabbed my son and ran in the bathroom and put my arms around him," said Gibson.

Neighbors said when the winds picked up, the wall started shaking.

"You couldn't hear nothing fall or nothing like that, but it was roaring real bad. Whoo, whoo, whoo. Oh, it was rough. It was bad. Everybody was running out scared," said Floyd Beverly, who lives in the same building as Gibson.

"The inside of the wall pushed inwards towards me as I came down the steps. I was just fortunate that the whole wall didn't come, just this outer part came loose," said Gibson's dad Armando Smith.

Amazingly, Gibson said everything inside her unit remained intact. Even the pictures remained on the wall, and there was very little water damage.

"It was a really loud noise. I thought it was the trash cans out there moving around. I walked outside and I couldn't believe what I was seeing. It was just amazing," Gibson said.

Strong winds also tore down an entire wall of another building on the other side of the complex. Roofs on several units were damaged, along with tree limbs and debris scattered across the property.

As neighbors tried to clean up the mess and wait for the repairs to begin, Salvation Army volunteers offered them food, water, cleaning kits and a bit of comfort.

"Thankfully it's over now and we made it through alive. So, I'm grateful," said Gibson.

The manager of the complex told WLOX News five units at the complex were damaged, but luckily nobody was hurt.

Copyright 2014 WLOX. All rights reserved.

  

 

  

 

 

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Body found outside Great Lakes Bay Health Center

    Body found outside Great Lakes Bay Health Center

    Saturday, May 27 2017 5:04 PM EDT2017-05-27 21:04:05 GMT

    The body of a man has been found in Saginaw Saturday afternoon. 

    More >

    The body of a man has been found in Saginaw Saturday afternoon. 

    More >
  • Ben Stiller and wife Christine Taylor announce separation

    Ben Stiller and wife Christine Taylor announce separation

    Saturday, May 27 2017 4:55 PM EDT2017-05-27 20:55:41 GMT
    Ben Stiller and his wife of 17 years say they are separating.    Stiller and actress Christine Taylor released a joint statement Friday announcing their breakup. The pair has been a couple for 18 years and married in May 2000. They have two children together.    The actors wrote that their priority is raising their two children and requested privacy.    Taylor has appeared in several of Stiller's films, including "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story,&qu...More >
    Ben Stiller and his wife of 17 years say they are separating.    Stiller and actress Christine Taylor released a joint statement Friday announcing their breakup. The pair has been a couple for 18 years and married in May 2000. They have two children together.    The actors wrote that their priority is raising their two children and requested privacy.    Taylor has appeared in several of Stiller's films, including "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story,&qu...More >
  • Woman critically injured in home invasion

    Woman critically injured in home invasion

    Friday, May 26 2017 11:52 PM EDT2017-05-27 03:52:30 GMT

    Michigan State Police officers responded Friday evening to a home invasion with serious injuries.

    More >

    Michigan State Police officers responded Friday evening to a home invasion with serious injuries.

    More >
Powered by Frankly
WNEM
Powered by WorldNow CNN
All content © 2017, WNEM; Saginaw, MI. (A Meredith Corporation Station) . All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.