Plymouth parsonage damaged, church spared in storm

It wasn’t a big storm—but it was powerful and it packed a punch over the noon hour in the City of Plymouth.

“Lot of wind, got dark really fast, went through quick. At five to 12:00 it started raining. By 20 after, the sun was back out and we were cutting trees,” said Dave Cooper with the Plymouth Park Department.

Cooper found about a half dozen trees and tree branches, both big and small that came crashing down in Centennial Park alone.

He also found that a 12 foot metal pole had been ripped out of its cement footing at the park amphitheater.

“It bent the bolts and it smashed the washers, but it left everything else intact and just took the pole off,” said Cooper. “Didn’t break any of it.”

On South Michigan Street, the house of the Lord was spared, but the pastor’s parsonage next door to Trinity UMC got pounded.

“I was in the house right next to the room where it fell in. We at first, I thought it was a huge bolt of lightning but then I saw dust from the ceiling so we knew it was something else,” said Trinity UMC Rev. Mark Need. “I went in to look at the kids and their eyes were big like saucers.

The fallen tree caused significant damage to one corner of the roof.

In the 200 block of North Liberty, the damage wasn’t as bad, but there was still plenty of lumber on the roof.

Five separate branches broke off the tree out front. All landed-in a row-on the roof.

“There was quite a bit of rain but it was in fluffs of wind,” said neighbor Neil Stinson. “In other words, it would stop and then there would be a big wind and there would be a lot of rain then it would quit and start again so, but the winds picked up a few times and then the last wind took this down.”

The Marshall County Highway Department reports that crews were called out to remove 16 trees and tree branches from roadways.

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