Lampert Lumber structure destroyed by Tuesday storm

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Lampert Lumber in Worthington had a storage warehouse collapsed after a straight line winds hit the structure Tuesday evening. (Tim Middagh/The Globe)

WORTHINGTON — Marshall Helmers, the manager at Worthington’s Lampert Lumber, had already left for the day Tuesday when a powerful storm delivering heavy rains and strong winds blew through Worthington.

At about 6:15 p.m., he estimated on Friday morning, he started receiving contacts from multiple people. Almost as soon as it had begun, the storm had virtually flattened a storage warehouse on the Lampert property.

I got a couple of calls and texts and got sent some videos,” Helmers recalled. “There were a few employees who came and moved some things out of there in terms of product. Amazingly, we didn’t really lose any inventory, which was nice, but we’re going to lose a building, though, which stinks.”

Most importantly, Helmers added, everybody was safe and no one was hurt as a result of the storm. As he saw it, the business was — all in all — pretty fortunate.

“The end that was blown away, there was almost nothing in there,” he said. “We had a few windows and an overhead door in the building and they were basically untouched, which was amazing.”


Employees, contactors and members of the Nobles County Sheriff’s Office were all at Lampert Lumber Tuesday night, Helmers said. On Thursday and Friday, the building was razed and debris removed.

Whether or not Lampert Lumber will construct a new warehouse remains to be seen.

“We have some insurance pending and all of that fun stuff,” Helmers said. “It’s undetermined right now.”

Other than the downed building, there were no other reports of extensive damage as a result of Tuesday’s storm. Worthington’s wastewater treatment plant, which reports precipitation totals to the National Weather Service, recorded 1.73 inches of rain. Scattered debris from trees was also removed from city streets beginning Wednesday.

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Debris spread out behind the warehouse at Lampert Lumber in Worthington after a straight line wind hit the structure Tuesday evening. (Tim Middagh/The Globe)

Ryan McGaughey arrived in Worthington in April 2001 as sports editor of The Daily Globe, and first joined Forum Communications Co. upon his hiring as a sports reporter at The Dickinson (North Dakota) Press in November 1998. McGaughey became news editor in Worthington in November 2002 and editor in August 2006.
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