Storm causes ‘major damage’ at airport

The remains of a hangar at the Shelby County Airport rest on top of another hangar during the early morning hours of June 12 after strong June 11 storms damaged several areas of the airport. (Contributed)

By NEAL WAGNER / City Editor

Crews are working to repair what Shelby County Manager Alex Dudchock called “major damage” at the Shelby County Airport in the wake of strong June 11 thunderstorms in the area.

The storm, which brought high winds and heavy rains to much of Shelby County beginning a little after 8 p.m., damaged several parts of the airport but did not result in any injuries.

Dudchock said three six-bay airplane hangars were damaged and two were destroyed. He also said the airport’s large main terminal doors were blown off in the storm and a single-engine airplane was flipped upside down.

According to data from the National Weather Service office in Calera, the area saw wind gusts of up to 24 miles per hour during the storms.

The storm also caused power and cable outages in several parts of the county, including portions of Helena and Pelham.

Alabaster City Administrator George Henry said the storm knocked down power lines on Fifth Avenue Southwest, Old Highway 31, Sixth Street Southwest and downed power lines and trees in the Peavine Mobile Home Park.

The storm cut power to a traffic signal at the intersection of First Avenue West and Shelby County 17 and blew down trees on Sixth Street Southwest and Chinaberry Lane.