Tornado causes building, sign damage

Photo from WDIV website Several buildings were damaged near Pardee and Eureka roads in Taylor at 12:44 a.m. July 31 when a tornado, with winds between 65 to 86 mph, struck during a rainstorm.

Photo from WDIV website
Several buildings were damaged near Pardee and Eureka roads in Taylor at 12:44 a.m. July 31 when a tornado, with winds between 65 to 86 mph, struck during a rainstorm.

By SUE SUCHYTA
Sunday Times Newspapers

TAYLOR – An EF-0-rated tornado, confirmed by the National Weather Service, damaged three businesses and killed hundreds of birds at 12:44 a.m. July 31 in the area of Pardee and Eureka roads.

EF-0 scale tornadoes, as measured by the Enhanced Fujita scale, produce 65 to 85 mph winds, and typically cause roof and minor building damage. An EF-0 rating is the lowest on the scale.

Taylor Communications Director Karl Ziomek said the storm took the roof off the vacant building where Starbucks was before it moved to a new location about a block away.

“It took everything inside and dropped it into the parking lot,” he said.

The sign on Comerica Bank, 14700 Pardee, was torn off, along with some siding on the building.

Ziomek said the storm, with 3 to 6 inches of rain falling in a short period of time, caused street flooding.

The Charter Oaks subdivision was impacted, and the retention pond was filled beyond capacity, since the Jacques Drain cannot accommodate the volume of water runoff.

Ziomek said Wayne County has gone out for bid for dredging the drain, and said the city needs to create a drainage district.

A drainage district is administered by a board whose sole purpose is helping to ensure adequate drainage level management of uncontaminated water runoff, and the borders are clearly delineated.

“Hopefully water will go down faster this time,” Ziomek said after the storm. “Everything is working up to Jacque’s Drain.”

(Sue Suchyta can be reached at sue.suchyta@yahoo.com.)

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