Storm damages home for elderly Benton County women
April 18, 2013 12:22PM
EARL PARK (AP) — High winds from a severe thunderstorm have damaged the roof of a 100-year-old home for widows in Benton County, forcing the temporary evacuation of about four elderly women.
Benton County Sheriff B.L. Pritchett says the storm hit the town of Earl Park late Thursday morning, blowing bricks off the peak of the roof of the Jennie E. Caldwell Home and through the top of a carport that encircles the building.
Pritchett says the women have been temporarily moved to a local nursing home. No injuries were reported.
He says the high winds also toppled about a dozen large trees and damaged two grain bins. The storm cut power to some residents in Earl Park, a town of about 345 people some 35 miles northwest of Lafayette.