Emergency Roofing After Tornado Causes Significant Roof & Property Damage in Springdale Arkansas March 30, 2022
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An EF-3 tornado ripped through Springdale, Arkansas, early Wednesday morning March 30th. To assist property owners with cleanup, RestoreMasters has dispatched teams to the local area. They will provide clean-up, emergency roof repair, and restoration for buildings damaged by this storm.
The George Elementary School gymnasium was completely decimated by a direct hit from the tornado. The school kitchen and cafeteria were severely damaged. There are additional reports of damage to homes, numerous power outages, and seven people being injured, two critically. Forty residences at a mobile home park on Black Oak Avenue were damaged, as well as an auto shop knocked off its foundation on Main Drive. A radio tower was knocked down and destroyed in Johnson.
Northwest Medical Center lost power for four hours. Thankfully, they had backup power. First-responders from Washington County Emergency Services, Springdale and Fayetteville firefighters, and those from other local services checked houses, door-to-door throughout the morning to learn if anyone was missing. There were no missing people reported.
The tornado began in Fayetteville a little after 4:00 AM moving northeast through Johnson and Springdale. The path was short, but the damage was high, due to it hitting an area of high population. Debris and insulation are reported to have been found 6 miles away.
The tornado map path pictured below indicates the tornado trajectory in black in the middle of a wide swath of very strong winds ranging from 74-95 mph, where dozens of wind damage reports have been recorded. The tornado itself peaked at 145 mph.
With the range of damage and related debris, RestoreMasters is reminding commercial business owners to take extra care in inspecting their buildings and cleaning up debris. Some damage is not easily visible and requires experienced eyes. RestoreMasters has a crew in the area to assist with inspections, clean-up, and restoration.
National Weather Service damage report indicates that wind and tornado damage occurred in the following Arkansas counties:
- Washington-Benton counties - George Elementary School gym destroyed, kitchen and cafeteria severely damaged. Nilfisk Warehouse was damaged. Forty mobile homes were damaged on Black Oak Avenue. These all occurred in Springdale.
- Washington county - Almost 8,000 homes and businesses were without electricity. An empty auto shop was blown into the street, power lines were down, and a radio tower was destroyed in Johnson. Malco Razorback Cinema lost an exterior wall in Fayetteville.
This tornado was a little smaller than the EF-3 that hit New Orleans last week, on March 22. That storm originated in Texas on the 21st.
Many times hail accompanies high winds and tornados, which can result in various degrees of roof damage. And strong winds can rip open some roofing systems and cause severe roof wind damage. Some older roofs can be damaged by winds as low as 50 miles per hour. The severity of roof damage depends on several factors including: type and age of roofing materials, presence of flying debris, roof shape and angle, building height and proximity to adjacent structures and the quality of original roof installation.
Following severe weather like this, it's important to get a thorough roof inspection & property damage assessment to determine whether or not you have roof damage from hail or wind. If roof leaks do occur, an experienced disaster roofing contractor can stop leaks with tarping or shrink wrapping, where affected areas (or the entire roof) is covered with a durable shrink wrapped plastic membrane till permanent repairs can take place.
Even if you don't think your roof was damaged, you will want to get your roof inspected if your property falls anywhere within the hail damage map. Some storm damage problems do not produce symptoms right away. And insurance company deadlines could hinder your ability to file a claim later.
Emergency response crews are available to assist commercial property owners with roof damage, siding and window damage and turnkey restoration services.
Our clients include: schools, hospitals, hotels, churches, resorts, retail, warehouse, industrial and other commercial properties as well as residential properties with hail or wind damage to tile roofing systems.
If your building recently sustained damage due to wind, hail, falling trees, collapsed roof or other storm-related issues, give us a call today.
RestoreMasters is a hail damage roofing and restoration contractor and provides storm damage restoration services including: commercial and industrial roofing, emergency roof repair, tarping & shrink wrap roofing, water damage restoration, debris cleanup, disaster response, interior restoration and construction services to rebuild your property.
If you need help, contact RestoreMasters.
As large loss claims experts, our team works directly with your insurance company to get your facility back on its feet. A turnkey restoration contractor, we can help you with all phases of restoration from emergency response services to total build back.
Our team of professionals includes: insurance claims experts, public adjusters, building engineers, roofing engineers, interior construction experts, large loss attorneys and other professionals specialized in storm damage insurance restoration projects.
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