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Storm causes hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage in Wilmore


JESSAMINE COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Holes poke through the ceiling, the wood floors are soaked from heavy rain, and twisted pieces of sheet metal litter the sidewalk beside the battered apartment building in Wilmore.

"Seven of our nine apartments are pretty much destroyed; they're unlivable for probably three to six months," said Daniel Wier, the property owners' son.

He says the 15 people who lived in the apartments above the Subway restaurant on Main Street were forced to find other places to stay after Wednesday's storms peeled the roof off the building.

"Construction workers that were up on the second floor in the back room, which is where is started, say the rain was coming down hard and then it went sideways and then the whole building shook and then the ceiling collapsed on top of them," Wier said.

The Wiers say they've owned the building for 11 years and can't believe more than a decade of hard work was wiped away in just a few minutes.

According to the owners, they can't start repairing the building yet because they're waiting for the building inspector to take a look at the damage.

But they believe the building is damaged to the tune of $150,000 to $200,000.

However, they say they're able to see the silver lining in the storm clouds.

"The Subway is good, yay for Subway, there's no damage and two of the apartments are fine. We will repair and life goes on,” said owner Julie Wier.

We’re told no one was hurt when the storm hit the building.

The Wiers say the stretch of Lexington Avenue that is closed and the Subway below the apartments will most likely reopen Friday.


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