Storm damage scattered throughout Rock Hill

Storm damage scattered throughout Rock Hill

ROCK HILL, S.C. (WBTV) - The Rock Hill Fire Department was busy responding to several storm-related calls Sunday evening.

According to PIO Mark Simmons, there was a family displaced on Stonewall Avenue after a tree fell on their home. Another tree fell onto Oakland Avenue, and a third was split down the middle on Myrtle Drive.

Perhaps more notably though, were two large oak trees that came crashing down, just inches from a two story home on East White St.

Clarence Bell says his dad owns the property and rents it out as an Airbnb. This week, a family from London was staying in the Rock Hill home, to attend the BMX World Championships. Thankfully, they were not home when the trees broke in half.

"We're just happy no one was in the house whenever it happened," Bell said.

One tree split down the middle and fell on another tree, which landed on the neighbor's fence. Bell says there was a fairly large hole that caused some leaking in the house, but other than that the home was not damaged.

On Old York Road, near Newport, Brand's Utility Building experienced severe damage.

At least 12 of its utility units were damaged or destroyed. Some were flattened to the ground, while others were picked up and tossed on top of one another.

"They are bottom heavy from the floors," Owner Sharon Smith said. "So it would take a lot to pick it up."

Smith has been in business for 30 years and she says this is only the second time they have seen severe damage like this, the first was when storms from Hurricane Hugo passed through.

The utility buildings can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $10,000. Their next step is to figure out how to get one unit that flipped on top of another, back to the ground.

According to Rock Hill Fire, they only know of one injury from Sunday's storms. A woman was injured in the Riverwalk Trail from a tree limb falling, but she was not seriously injured.

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