Corning's Wild Weather Aftermath

March 10, 2006 -- 6:22 PM CST


CORNING, AR -- Mother nature showed little mercy on the city of Corning Thursday.  

Bans of rain moved through the area, and left one building roofless.


"About a third of the roof was completely off, and then the other two-third had quite a bit of damage," said J.H. Herbert, Mayor of Corning.


Police officers and city crews have been woking overtime to clean up the mess.


"Most of the streets are cleaned up with the exception of the building that has the roof out, and that will be taken care of this afternoon," said Herbert.

The severe weather showed no signs of discrimination.  A tree toppled onto a house in the city, and chain saws were going full force. 


"The first thing we had to do was get the tree off the roof,” said contract worker Ron Pingleton.

The owner of the home got out safely, but there's still more work to be done.


"It's not good," said Pingleton.  "There is some interior damage on the inside and it's gonna need heavy repair."

The intense weather also gave students at C orning H igh School an extra day to sleep in due to electrical problems.

Officials said that overall the city is lucky.


"Before the next week's out, we'll have it all in pretty good shape," said Jim Groning, Corning Police Chief.

Although it may have taken mere minutes to damage parts of C orning, restoring the city will take days.