The easternmost building in the complex, just 30 feet from the bank of the Stillwater River, had most of its windows blown out and huge amounts of debris tossed toward the river – everything from large chunks of roof to metal air conditioning units. Furniture, appliances and debris were strewn every which way inside the apartments. Concrete balconies were hanging askew off the building.
Many huge trees along the riverbank were knocked flat, all falling to the southeast as the storm came from the northwest. Other trees were sharpened like pencils, as they snapped in half and had their bark stripped away. One Dumpster in the parking lot was tossed out of place into the side of a car, and flying pieces of plywood impaled themselves in the buildings’ roofs.
Hollenshed said the fire department came through at first light, about 6 a.m., and went through the complex unit-by-unit, knocking on doors.
“At that point, we were in the apartment. We had just gone to sleep because there was nowhere to go,” he said. “They woke us up and told us our apartment was unlivable, and then they put the orange ‘X’ on the door.”