Rawhide hit hard by storm damage

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by Tami Hoey

Video report by Steve Bodinet

Posted on July 16, 2013 at 5:50 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 18 at 4:37 PM

CHANDLER, Ariz. -- Rawhide Western Town found itself at the center of Monday's microbursts. The tourist attraction near I-10 and Loop 202 got hit hard in the powerful winds.

Covered wagons were overturned, signs were destroyed, and the special events pavilion was all but torn apart. "It didn't withstand the wind very well," says Rawhide's Laurie McCartney.

Roofs were ripped right off of several structures during Monday night's storms, and a brand new playground was shattered into pieces.

The Old West town's only ATM was even broken. But no money whirled away in the wind. "Money did not go flying everywhere," McCartney reassured us. "But we did have 24-hour security here, making sure nothing was taken and that everything was safe and sound."

Also safe and sound were Rawhide's more than 50 goats, horses and other animals. "We lost a lot of the roof of the petting zoo," she says. "But first and foremost, the animals were secure, and no animals were hurt."

Rawhide was already scheduled to be closed for the month of August. So now, the attraction will simply close a few weeks early, and will open again in the beginning of September.

 

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