Cairo-Durham Little League cleans up after storm damage

April 17, 2017 06:27 PM

CAIRO – The Cairo-Durham Little League is cleaning up Monday after Sunday’s storm ripped the roof off a dugout at one of their fields. Most of the area got a quick shot of rain with Sunday’s storms, but the Cairo-Durham Little League is dealing with damage after some wind that literally came out of left field.

“So that was a strong wind,” said Robert Gumnitz, Vice President of the Cairo-Durham Little League. “Bellowed right under it and blew it.” It was a quick storm on Sunday, but it left behind damage in its wake.

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“The black skies came and then you could hear a roar in the distance and zoom! The wind came vicious,” said Gumnitz. “All the trees bent over. It lasted about a minute or two.”

The storm came blowing in from left field, got under the roof and pulled it right out of the concrete. “It comes from that direction so it just caught right in under there and blew it over,” said Gumnitz.

When league members saw the roof Monday morning, their first thought was how heavy the roof is. “For that to get lifted like that, it’s a lot of wind,” said Mike Murphy, a former President of the Cairo-Durham Little League.

“The second thing was, how are we going to get it back on,” added Gumnitz.

The National Weather Service estimated the wind in Cairo to be around 45 miles per hour when the storm blew through. But it could have been higher because of the terrain. “This park is famous for the winds coming through,” said Murphy. “I mean, you can be playing a game and all of a sudden there’s a storm brewing and it’ll pass right through and be done and you’re off playing again.”

The dugout that was damaged normally houses the home team. After the storm, the Cairo-Durham Little League might be making a few changes. “We can stick the visitors over here, you know? There’s no problem,” joked Gumnitz. “We’ll let them bring their own umbrellas.”

The field houses the senior division for the Little League, and was built by volunteers almost a decade ago. Those teams don’t start play for another few weeks. The younger kids open play this coming Saturday. Luckily, there was no damage to those fields.

When the dugout gets rebuilt, the league has a few ideas on how to make it stronger. “We’ll put a couple extra bolts in next time,” said Gumnitz.

The league says their rebuilding plans include adding a possible concession stand and a second story for scorekeepers and announcers. More good news: no one was on the field when the storm came through and there were no injuries.

The field was dedicated a few years ago to Cody Veverka after he was killed in a crash on the Thruway in 2014 by Tyler Pascuzzi.


Ben Amey

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