Arley hit with major storm damage


High winds heavily damaged the varsity baseball field behind Meek High School in Arley.

ARLEY - Major storm damage was reported in the Arley area, after severe storms plowed across the state Thursday, March 14.

The varsity softball field behind Meek High School was heavily hit, as high winds lifted up a set of aluminum bleachers and placed them top of the backstop fence, crushing it, according to Coach Devin Guthrie. A dugout roof was also torn off, debris scattered across the field and a portion of the left field fence brought down, he said.

The next varsity home game is this Thursday, so Guthrie is hoping the insurance will settle on the damages so teams will not have to miss a home game as well as face the expense of traveling to play a game away that could be played at home. Also, every home game missed means a loss of revenue from the program, in lack of ticket sales and concessions, he pointed out.

At Hamner Park across town, several trees were blown down, with two blocking the walking trail and one crushing a wooden picnic table near a pavillion. Mayor Chris Tyree was thankful the town recently removed several older and rotten trees or the damage would have been a lot worse. The mayor  also noted crews would be working as quickly as possible to clean up the park, so it will be ready for Arley Day in May.

Elsewhere in town, major damage was reported at a local business.

Town officials were thankful there were no injuries despite the damage from these storms.


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