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May 16, 2010

Several businesses damaged by Monday tornado

NORMAN — Several longtime Norman businesses were damaged in Monday’s tornado outbreak in Norman.

Some of them worse than others.

Little River Marina

On Lake Thunderbird, Little River Marina was completely decimated.

Owner Bob Davis said the marina houses about 470 boats and that all of them were at least partially damaged. He estimated the boats at the marina are worth about $2 million, although he was unable to put a dollar amount on the damage earlier in the week.

Workers started removing boats and debris from the water on Wednesday.

“The marina is totaled,” Davis said. “Right now, we’re just getting the stuff out of the water to avoid environmental problems.”

Davis said “It’s going to take months to get this stuff out of here,” adding that it “could be a year before the marina is online.”

Davis said the marina was deserted because it was a weekday.

“Nobody got hurt,” he said. “You can always rebuild stuff.”

Country Boy IGA

Shane Kennedy and his co-workers at Country Boy IGA kept a close eye on weather reports Monday afternoon.

“We were watching the news about 5:30,” Kennedy said. “All of the sudden, they came on and said there was a tornado on Highway 9.”

Kennedy, who works as an assistant manager, said an announcement was made over the intercom for customers to seek shelter in the freezer.

“We told everyone to head toward the beer in the freezer,” he said.

Kennedy and 40 customers stayed in the freezer as the first tornado approached.

“We got there. When the first one hit we bowed our heads and started praying,” he said.

Another tornado then arrived.

“God led us right through it,” he said.

Kennedy said one person suffered minor scratches. Nobody was seriously hurt.

Kennedy and Danny Boyle, owner of Country Boy IGA, cleaned up debris around the store on Tuesday. Boyle said the store will be closed between six and nine months until a new one can be built.

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