Storms damage vanPublished 11:13am Thursday, March 21, 2013
Monday’s storms have one community organization seeking a new ride.
Damaging winds Monday tore a large limb from a tree at the Boys and Girls Club Teen Center. It landed on top of the club’s 15-passenger van, crushing the roof and knocking out windows.
Glass scattered across the parking lot and smaller tree limbs surrounded the van.
“I’m glad it didn’t put our students in danger,” said Glen Travis, marketing coordinator.
Travis said the club uses the van to pick up middle school club members from school and to take them on field trips, as well as to transport staff members to conferences.
“All we have is liability insurance on it, so the insurance we have will only cover injuries,” Travis said. “We will not get a new van with insurance, so that’s why we’re trying to raise money to get another one.”
Travis said they are hoping to either raise enough money to buy another van – a potential cost of $30,000 – or have one donated, as was the case with the previous van. In the meantime, staff members will use their personal vehicles to pick the children up from school and transport to club activities.