Dresden homes damaged in Monday night storm


No injuries reported in Pettis County during severe weather

By Nicole Cooke - [email protected]



Wes Dunkin, owner of Kust-M Thunder LLC, at 218 W. Main St., sweeps broken glass from the sidewalk Tuesday morning. Monday night’s storm caused a window to shatter on the second floor of the business. Although Sedalia was under a tornado warning Monday night there was only minor damage found in the city Tuesday.


Photos by Faith Bemiss | Democrat

Although the sun was shining Tuesday morning, an ornamental tree on the front lawn of the Sedalia Elk’s Lodge on South Kentucky Avenue lost a large limb Monday night during the thunderstorm and subsequent tornado warning.


Photos by Faith Bemiss | Democrat

Rain from Monday night’s thunderstorm is highlighted by a flood light near South Ohio Avenue as lightning makes trees visible in the distance.


Photos by Faith Bemiss | Democrat

Torrential rain reflecting off headlights and street lights near the 2400 block of South Ohio Avenue cause a spiderweb-like distortion Monday night. Although Sedalia received rain, some hail and was under a tornado warning for a period of time, there was no extensive damage in the city. Other areas in Pettis County, such as the town of Dresden, received damage to trees and structures.


Photos by Faith Bemiss | Democrat

Citizens of Dresden, in the northwest portion of Pettis County, encountered some of the heaviest damage during Monday evening’s storms that raced through the county. Numerous roofs were damaged as well as trees being uprooted and small buildings being overturned. Despite the property damage there have been no reports of personal injury in the county, according to Sedalia-Pettis County Emergency Management Agency Director Dave Clippert.


Photos by Hope Lecchi | Democrat

An approximate 65-foot Elm tree was uprooted Monday night in Dresden. Crystal Barnes, who lives in the home on the property, said the storm came through near 9:30 p.m., uprooting several trees on the property. Early Tuesday morning a crew from Oasis Lawn Care was working to remove the tree from the property. Omar Nava of Oasis estimated it would take at least eight man hours to remove the fallen tree, which did not hit the house. Dresden resident Tim Delph, who grew up at the property, said he could remember the tree as a little boy and estimated its age to be 65 years.


Photos by Hope Lecchi | Democrat

A three-car garage, located on state Route W near Smithton and owned by Nancy and Bill Hayton, was destroyed by the storm that came through Monday night. The family was not injured and were awaiting the arrival of their insurance agent to assess the damage before beginning to remove the debris from their property.


Photos by Hope Lecchi | Democrat

No injuries were reported during Monday night’s tornado warning and severe weather in Pettis County, although several homes were damaged in the La Monte and Dresden areas.

Compared with cities in close proximity to Pettis County, such as Oak Grove, which sustained serious damage from a tornado Monday night, Sedalia-Pettis County Emergency Management Agency Director Dave Clippert said Pettis County “faired pretty well.”

“The tornado warning we had in Pettis County came from the storm that went through Oak Grove,” Clippert said Tuesday morning. “It had weakened enough by the time it got here, but it was radar-indicated. The folks at National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill saw rotation, tight rotation — most storms rotate but when they start to tighten up that’s when they put out a tornado warning.”

Clippert said he didn’t receive reports of large-sized hail, but he is estimating the La Monte area experienced wind gusts of 65 mph or higher.

“There were a bunch of trees down all around in the La Monte and Dresden area,” Clippert said. “I heard people had some tree branches that fell on cars, things like that, but nothing that would say we had a tornado last night. But I can’t completely rule it out. There’s a couple things that look like there could’ve been a tornado, but then I see something else that indicates there wasn’t a tornado.”

Clippert spent Tuesday morning driving around the county surveying damage. He said he has not received any reports of severe damage forcing anyone out of their home, but some homes in Dresden on state Route T near Tyson Foods had “some pretty major roof damage.” A machine shed on Chevalier Lane was blown down, Clippert said, that housed vehicles and other items inside. A garage on Little Muddy Road was blown off its foundation and collapsed, Clippert said.

Clippert said the tornado siren in Smithton did not sound Monday night or during Tuesday morning’s test. SPCEMA has called the company to service the siren, which Clippert said he expects to happen within a few days to a week, depending on the company’s service call load. He said he also received reports the La Monte siren did not sound during Tuesday’s test, but has not received any reports that it didn’t sound Monday night.

Despite Monday night’s heavy rains, Pettis County remains in a Fire Weather Watch until 6 p.m. Wednesday, initially set to expire at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly, so outdoor burning is not advised.

“Even with that rain it didn’t wet it enough — it’s wet on top, not underneath the ground,” Clippert said. “With the wind it will spark some flames and send it out. I don’t know how many fires Pettis County, La Monte, Green Ridge, Hughesville have responded to, but they’ve been pretty busy the last week or two. We’re still in a period where we shouldn’t be outside burning.”

Wes Dunkin, owner of Kust-M Thunder LLC, at 218 W. Main St., sweeps broken glass from the sidewalk Tuesday morning. Monday night’s storm caused a window to shatter on the second floor of the business. Although Sedalia was under a tornado warning Monday night there was only minor damage found in the city Tuesday.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/web1_TSD030817Storm-1-3.jpgWes Dunkin, owner of Kust-M Thunder LLC, at 218 W. Main St., sweeps broken glass from the sidewalk Tuesday morning. Monday night’s storm caused a window to shatter on the second floor of the business. Although Sedalia was under a tornado warning Monday night there was only minor damage found in the city Tuesday. Photos by Faith Bemiss | Democrat

Although the sun was shining Tuesday morning, an ornamental tree on the front lawn of the Sedalia Elk’s Lodge on South Kentucky Avenue lost a large limb Monday night during the thunderstorm and subsequent tornado warning.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/web1_TSD030817Storm-2-3.jpgAlthough the sun was shining Tuesday morning, an ornamental tree on the front lawn of the Sedalia Elk’s Lodge on South Kentucky Avenue lost a large limb Monday night during the thunderstorm and subsequent tornado warning. Photos by Faith Bemiss | Democrat

Rain from Monday night’s thunderstorm is highlighted by a flood light near South Ohio Avenue as lightning makes trees visible in the distance.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/web1_TSD030817Storm-3-1-3.jpgRain from Monday night’s thunderstorm is highlighted by a flood light near South Ohio Avenue as lightning makes trees visible in the distance. Photos by Faith Bemiss | Democrat

Torrential rain reflecting off headlights and street lights near the 2400 block of South Ohio Avenue cause a spiderweb-like distortion Monday night. Although Sedalia received rain, some hail and was under a tornado warning for a period of time, there was no extensive damage in the city. Other areas in Pettis County, such as the town of Dresden, received damage to trees and structures.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/web1_TSD030817Storm-4-3.jpgTorrential rain reflecting off headlights and street lights near the 2400 block of South Ohio Avenue cause a spiderweb-like distortion Monday night. Although Sedalia received rain, some hail and was under a tornado warning for a period of time, there was no extensive damage in the city. Other areas in Pettis County, such as the town of Dresden, received damage to trees and structures. Photos by Faith Bemiss | Democrat

Citizens of Dresden, in the northwest portion of Pettis County, encountered some of the heaviest damage during Monday evening’s storms that raced through the county. Numerous roofs were damaged as well as trees being uprooted and small buildings being overturned. Despite the property damage there have been no reports of personal injury in the county, according to Sedalia-Pettis County Emergency Management Agency Director Dave Clippert.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/web1_TSD030817Storm-6-3.jpgCitizens of Dresden, in the northwest portion of Pettis County, encountered some of the heaviest damage during Monday evening’s storms that raced through the county. Numerous roofs were damaged as well as trees being uprooted and small buildings being overturned. Despite the property damage there have been no reports of personal injury in the county, according to Sedalia-Pettis County Emergency Management Agency Director Dave Clippert. Photos by Hope Lecchi | Democrat

An approximate 65-foot Elm tree was uprooted Monday night in Dresden. Crystal Barnes, who lives in the home on the property, said the storm came through near 9:30 p.m., uprooting several trees on the property. Early Tuesday morning a crew from Oasis Lawn Care was working to remove the tree from the property. Omar Nava of Oasis estimated it would take at least eight man hours to remove the fallen tree, which did not hit the house. Dresden resident Tim Delph, who grew up at the property, said he could remember the tree as a little boy and estimated its age to be 65 years.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/web1_TSD030817Storm-7-3.jpgAn approximate 65-foot Elm tree was uprooted Monday night in Dresden. Crystal Barnes, who lives in the home on the property, said the storm came through near 9:30 p.m., uprooting several trees on the property. Early Tuesday morning a crew from Oasis Lawn Care was working to remove the tree from the property. Omar Nava of Oasis estimated it would take at least eight man hours to remove the fallen tree, which did not hit the house. Dresden resident Tim Delph, who grew up at the property, said he could remember the tree as a little boy and estimated its age to be 65 years. Photos by Hope Lecchi | Democrat

A three-car garage, located on state Route W near Smithton and owned by Nancy and Bill Hayton, was destroyed by the storm that came through Monday night. The family was not injured and were awaiting the arrival of their insurance agent to assess the damage before beginning to remove the debris from their property.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/web1_TSD030817Storm-5-1-3.jpgA three-car garage, located on state Route W near Smithton and owned by Nancy and Bill Hayton, was destroyed by the storm that came through Monday night. The family was not injured and were awaiting the arrival of their insurance agent to assess the damage before beginning to remove the debris from their property. Photos by Hope Lecchi | Democrat
No injuries reported in Pettis County during severe weather

By Nicole Cooke

[email protected]

Nicole Cooke can be reached at 660-530-0138 or on Twitter @NicoleRCooke.

Nicole Cooke can be reached at 660-530-0138 or on Twitter @NicoleRCooke.

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