Food Pantry Roof

Parts of the damaged roof lay next to the Murphysboro Food Pantry Friday. The roof was damaged Thursday when strong winds swept through the region.

MURPHYSBORO — Thursday’s windstorm was problematic throughout the region — downed trees caused power outages and the wind accelerated the blaze at Jack’s Meat Market and Deli in Murphysboro. It also peeled back the roof on the Murphysboro Food Pantry.

Jerry Hickam, the pantry's treasurer, said no one was in the building at the time, but it is suspected that the roof was damaged between 2:30 and 3 p.m. Thursday. He said the gust lifted the roof at the front of the building and peeled it back to land on the back half, damaging it as it came down.

Murphysboro’s fire department came to help break up and move the damaged roof, and Hickam said Ameren CIPS also came to lend a hand.

Hickam said the entire roof will likely need to be replaced. The pantry owns the building and has insurance. The deductible is only $1,000, but Hickam said the big question now is whether the insurance will pay for the cost of the entire roof to be replaced.

He said until it gets repaired, he’s hoping to have tarps put over holes that the damage exposed. This would prevent any leaking and damage to their goods inside.

The pantry is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Hickam said “fortunately it came after everyone was gone” Thursday. However, the damage did disrupt their Friday service. Hickam said the pantry staff are about 85 percent sure they will be open again Monday.

For more updates, the pantry has asked that people follow their Facebook page.

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Isaac Smith is a reporter covering Jackson County.

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