Sunday, December 30, 2018

Top Ten: Lutherwood

This photo was taken the morning of April 16th.

WNEP photographer Erich and I were on our way to another story, when assignment editor Mary diverted  us here.  We didn't expect much.  It was a shocking surprise when we turned the corner.

It was a chilly, windy, and rainy morning.  A pre dawn gust of wind ripped the roof off Lutherwood apartments on Lake Scranton Road in Scranton.  120 people inside.  None were hurt.

It was an amazing sight.  Not only was the roof dangling off the six story building, the parking lot was littered with insulation and particle board.  You can even see debris stuck in the tree at the center of the photo.

Residents went with friends and relatives.  Some stayed in a shelter for days.

It's a miracle this wasn't worse.

By the way, you might have noticed there are no June Wilkes-Barre Township tornado photos here.  It's the downside of having a large and exceptionally capable staff.  The tornado hit on one of my days off, and the people we had on duty at the time covered it in a spectacular fashion.