By Nathalie Hardy • Columnist • 

After the tornado

While no one was hurt and few properties were damaged in the June 13 twister, Bond and her brother David happened to be the unlucky owners of the three commercial buildings that were significantly hit.

“The damage was pretty substantial,” Bond said. “We have another set of units that weren’t even touched. It must have just popped down, and then popped back up.”

With winds estimated at 86 to 90 miles per hour, the EF-1 rated tornado ripped the roofs off Bonds’ buildings, used for storage.

Bond first learned of the tornado when one of her tenants, who was on site when it touched down, called her.

“I received a phone call from Spencer (Wriggelsworth) 15 minutes after it occurred. He was still hunkered down,” Bond said. “Our biggest concern was for the safety of the tenants,” she said. They were worried about the natural inclination people had “to get right in there to check on their stuff. We were worried they might be entering unsafe areas, and about damage we couldn’t see.”

However, she said city officials were on scene right away, picking up metal throughout the three-block radius.

“They were great, they got their quickly and did a good job keeping everybody safe,” Bond said.

Because it’s a mini-storage area, she said the restoration process is fairly straightforward. But, because it means working closely with the insurance company, it’s also “a long, drawn out process.”

“We’re trying to push to move as quickly as possible to take advantage of good construction weather, but we’ll see,” she said.

Bond said it’s too soon to estimate the cost to repair the buildings. At this point she said the structural engineers are still working on a report.

“I have no idea what it’s going to cost at this point, I’d hate to guess,” she said.

Bond said her insurance policy covers business interruptions while they repair the buildings, but said the impact to individual tenants is not covered unless they had their own insurance.

She said it was difficult for tenants to move their belongings out so they could review the damage and “immediately get in to mitigate any further damage.”

She said it’s hard not being able to give a date people can move back in, but said that was out of her control.

“It’s been about six weeks, now all the excitement of the actual event is over and we’re in the re-build stage, and that’s just something that takes time to do.”

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