The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

April 21, 2013

High winds damage Mifflinburg Lumber buildings

By Ashley Wislock
The Daily Item

— MIFFLINBURG—About 3,500 square feet of roofing blew off a Mifflinburg Lumber shed during a storm Friday night and against the company’s retail building, causing up to $25,000 in damage.

Four employees were inside Mifflinburg Lumber’s retail building when a huge gust blew through, opening the building’s doors and sending debris from the shed roof hurtling against the store, general manager Nate Seigel said.

“They said they heard a thunderous roar and then all the doors blew open,” he said.

Mifflinburg Lumber is located on the east side of the borough along Route 45.

The roofing damaged siding, broke two windows and sent debris up to 400 yards away, Seigel said. No one was injured.

Several company officials then came in to try to assess the situation Friday night, he said.

“We got here at about 6:30 and we worked to secure the building and secure the lumber yard so we could go home and establish a plan of attack for cleaning up,” Seigel said.

Saturday, the business was closed as Mifflinburg Lumber employees and volunteers worked to clean the debris, Seigel said. The business received support from numerous customers and random passersby, he said.

“We are blessed to live in a community like this,” he said.

The business should be able to reopen Monday, with contractors expected to replace the roof next week, Seigel said.

“There was lots and lots of debris to pick up and we were out of power until about 6 a.m., so we had to bring the computers back up online,” Seigel said.

Seigel estimated the total damage to be about $20,000 to $25,000.