Cleanup continues in Potosi

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POTOSI, MO (KTVI) – The cleanup continues in Potosi after high water and high winds—possibly a tornado—ripped through town during Wednesday’s spring storms.

The chainsaws were buzzing around town as homeowners and contractors began the work of putting Potosi back together again, although the mayor said Wednesday that flash flooding and water damage was a bigger challenge than the wind damage. He said he’s grateful to all the people pitching in to help their neighbors.

Lots of homes in Potosi are made of brick, but some businesses are not quite as stout, making it easy for high winds, tornado or not, to tear them apart as if they were made of Styrofoam.

One such business, the Harbison Saw Mill, sits just east of Potosi in Mineral Point. The building that housed the mill was made of metal and open on all sides, so it was easy for the wind to lift it and slam it back to the ground in pieces.

Manager Sheila Marler said despite the devastating appearance of the damage, she expects the saw blades will be turning here again in just a few days.

“The building is not going to be in place for a few weeks. It will take us a little bit to get that done, but the mill itself is in good shape, we’ve got some parts coming that we needed anyway and then when this happened we just jumped on that and we are getting it fixed and it will probably be running next week,” she said.

A KPLR 11 viewer posted to our Facebook page that she could offer temporary jobs in Ste. Genevieve to those who were put out of work at the saw mill. Marler said she appreciates the gesture, but those workers will have plenty to do, putting the mill back together again.

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