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Storms damage Oil City park

Earl Williamson Park damaged by Thursday night's storms. (Source: Josh Roberson/ KSLA News 12) Earl Williamson Park damaged by Thursday night's storms. (Source: Josh Roberson/ KSLA News 12)
Damaged caused in Oil City park after storms. (Source: Josh Roberson/ KSLA News 12) Damaged caused in Oil City park after storms. (Source: Josh Roberson/ KSLA News 12)
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OIL CITY, LA (KSLA) -

Cleanup started Friday after strong storms late Thursday night caused damage across the ArkLaTex including an Oil City park.

Following a tornado warning in the area, Assistant Director of The Caddo Parks and Recreation Departiment Doug Rainwater says the damage to Earl G. Williamson Park is severe, but also very isolated.

Several tall trees were knocked over by the heavy winds with heavy branches falling onto multiple awnings causing them to break or collapse. 

The playground area was also heavily damaged and the fence surrounding it was knocked over and bent.

The roof of the main office building at Williamson Park was partially blown off with pieces of metal found stuck in the power lines.

Rainwater says they had a basketball goal they found over a quarter mile away near Highway 1.

Crews were already on scene Friday morning cleaning up the mess. 

Rainwater says the damage will take time to clean up and will most likely have to shut the park and campgrounds down over the weekend, although the boat ramp will remain open.

"This is the first tme I've ever seen wind damage like this on the lake. We do get some high winds coming across the lake usually that may mess up piers and stuff like that but nothing that would knock down trees like this," said Rainwater.

Campers at the park say they didn't see the storm and it didn't seem that bad from where they were, but when they drove by the entrance to the campgrounds, they were shocked by what they saw.

Rainwater says he's never seen storm damage this bad before, but thankfully no one was hurt.

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