Severe Storm Destroys Rodeo Barn

By Clint Blasengame
Senior Editor

The pile of debris left after the UAM barn blew over from strong winds. The barn was blown of its foundation during the storms Jan 29. Photo by Clint Blasengame)

A pile of debris remains after the UAM Rodeo Team’s barn blew over from strong winds. Tornado-producing storms removed the structure from its foundation Jan. 29.
(Photo by Clint Blasengame)

MONTICELLO – A barn on the University of Arkansas-Monticello campus was destroyed when high winds blew it off its foundation during a storm Jan 29.

   According to Dean of the School of Agriculture, Kelly Bryant, the green barn that housed the rodeo team’s horses was blown over and also caused damage to other property.

   “I received a call at 9:40 last night from Coach Rusty Jones telling me we had a mess out at the rodeo grounds,” Bryant said. “The green barn had been blown over and was resting against some of the horse trailers that belong to our students.”

   Bryant said he received another call from Jones notifying him of a downed power line that was still hot, as well as a broken water line that was flooding the area. Bryant said he arrived on the scene around 11:00 p.m.

   “Campus security had notified Entergy asking them to kill the electricity to that area. Mr. Don Bickford from the UAM Maintenance Department came out and turned off the water so that the broken water line would stop leaking,” Bryant said. “I went home about midnight while Coach Jones and Officer Kidwell were still at the scene making sure no one came in contact with the downed power line until Entergy arrived.”

   While the barn was totally destroyed, no horses or livestock where injured.

   Bryant said while a new barn is needed, it could take time to get.

   “Replacing the barn will be difficult because it may cost $60,000 or more to build a new one,” he said. “Our rodeo team needs that covered shelter to house the horses during inclement weather.”

   According to Bryant, two student’s horse trailers suffered damage that could cost a few thousand dollars to repair or replace.

Editor’s note: The headline to this article was updated for clarity. 

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