Damage at Eufaula airport could reach $100 million, mayor says

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Eufaula Mayor Jack Tibbs talks about damage to airport

Tornado devastated northern portions of Eufaula Sunday afternoon destroying the town’s airport.

The damage could reach as much as $100 million, according to Eufaula Mayor Jack Tibbs.

The airport has a 5,000-foot runway and housed more than two dozen plans from across the region.

Tibbs says at least 21 aircraft were damaged when 30 hangers were leveled Sunday afternoon just before 5 p.m. eastern.

At least two jets were damaged, one owned by former Columbus car dealer, Carl Gregory.

Gregory’s plane was identifiable by its tail number and is estimated to be a $20 million aircraft.

In addition to the airport damage, the city’s north fire station was also destroyed. Two firefighters rode out the storm huddled on top of one another in the building, Tibbs says. The firefighters were not injured.

Mayor Jack Tibbs says no significant injuries or fatalities.

A chicken hatchery and city industrial building across US 431 between Lakepoint State Park and downtown Eufaula were also significantly damaged.

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