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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

storm damage

Left, a large tree broke a light pole and fell across the driveway at the Gaunt House during Sunday morning's storm. Right, a cleanup crew cleared more than 90 percent of the broken limbs and debris on Monday, resulting in a large pile at the Pellet Plant.

July 19, 2010

Northwest campus sustains storm damage, nine trees lost

MARYVILLE, Mo. - The Northwest campus sustained damage as a storm blew through the Maryville area about 2:30 a.m. Sunday, but at least 90 percent of the cleanup was complete on Monday afternoon.

Early Sunday, University Police officers made an immediate assessment of the campus, finding large limbs down and damaged shrubbery across campus. A large limb and a light pole fell in front of the Gaunt House, blocking the driveway.

Environmental Services determined nine trees were lost in the storm. About 200 trees suffered damaged limbs, which is about half the number of trees damaged in December 2007's devastating ice storm.

Some buildings and athletics facilities also sustained minor damage, including fence and tarp damage to the Pellet Plant, High Rise Tennis Courts, baseball field and Centennial Green House. Radio antennas were damaged on the Administration Building, Franken Hall and Valk. Building damage assessments are continuing.

Environmental Services staff began the cleanup process Monday morning. Initially, the cleanup was expected to take about four days, but the team worked so quickly that all debris could be cleared within a couple days.

"The team moved so fast," said Dr. Paul McGraw, director of Environmental Services. "To have completed 90 to 95 percent of the cleanup in one day is remarkable."

The Northwest campus is home to the Missouri State Arboretum. There are more than 1,300 trees with more than 125 species represented on the Northwest campus.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468