Storm damages flea market, homes throughout Laurel County

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LONDON, Ky. (WKYT/WYMT) - Severe storms that moved through southern Kentucky late Tuesday afternoon have caused damage to buildings and trees.

London Police report trees were knocked down all over the city.

The Flea Land Flea Market on Wilderness Road had extensive storm damage. Several buildings were damaged or destroyed.

Many people around London heard about the damage at the flea market, and drove by it to take a look.

The Flea Land Flea Market will be open for business this weekend.

"They will still be able to set up this weekend. There will not be cover. But after this weekend, we are building it back. It will be back bigger and better than what it was," said Mary Bentley with Flea Land Flea Market.

A home on Bert Reams Road in London also suffered extensive damage. A tree fell on it during the storm.

At one point, Kentucky Utilities officials reported more than 6,000 customers in Laurel County were without power.

A mighty oak tree--no match for the mighty rushing winds that blew through Laurel County Tuesday night.

“The good Lord decides it’s coming down..it’s coming down,” said Joel Holcomb.

Holcomb and his wife and five kids had just left their Bert Reams Rd. home for the grocery story when the tree came crashing down, right through his daughter’s bedroom.

“We are just thankful to God that we were not here. Somebody could have been hurt. My daughter could have been in her room,” he said.

They usually find refuge from storms in their basement. But even there…they may not have been safe.

“Something you can’t see. A four or five inch limb is sticking through the concrete wall of the basement. Right where we would have been,” he said.

The part of the tree that came out of the ground, with its roots exposed is 18 feet tall; the trunk has a circumference of at least 11 feet, and Holcomb estimates the tree is more than 100 years old.

Yet for some reason, it was time for it to come down Tuesday causing this family to lose a big part of their home and some possessions…but not their sense of humor.

“I told my wife, maybe it’s time for us to take a vacation for the summer. We’ll come home and it will be done. I don’t think it works that way, though,” he said, laughing.

Their home sits beside a large tree line and Holcomb says this oak is the last one he’d ever thought would be knocked over.


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