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Rain pours into Willie's Sports Cafe as wind destroys roof

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Posted at 12:52 AM, Jun 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-19 15:11:36-04

LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. — High winds and battering rain tore part of the the roof off Willie’s Sports Cafe on Friday night.

Water poured inside instantly, workers said. TVs, tabletops and the tops of customers’ heads caught it.

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Patrons moved downstairs and employees patched the roof quickly but anticipated more problems within a few hours. Forecasts called for more rain.

"Right when this happened, a tornado warning went off in this area," said Steve Van Wassenhove, owner of Willie's Sports Cafe. "There was a little bit of panic, some of our customers and all that. We have a full basement to get everybody downstairs and take care of everybody. Everything was handled very well from the staff."

Dearborn County emergency management workers said no reports of structural damage had reached them by 11 p.m. Friday, but state and county agencies were clearing downed trees and power lines from many roads.