Roof ripped off Carbondale's new police headquarters

CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - Strong wind gusts from Tuesday night's storm system tore off part of Carbondale's brand new Public Safety Center.

Pieces of the newly-opened building were tossed into a residential area adjacent to the police complex. Mangled corrugated metal roofing crashed into a home, destroyed a garage, and crushed two cars. Some of the metal roof even ripped through power lines.

The Public Safety Center just opened Monday. Carbondale Police sent out a press release saying the new building was open to the public.

The department just relocated from its old building - a renovated college dormitory the department had called home for more than 40 years.  Officers say they looked forward to operating out of the new facility and mother nature's wrath is a bit of a setback.

"It's very disappointing," said Carbondale Police Chief Jody O'Guinn. "We have waited so long to get into the building. Everybody was proud and pleased to move in. It will take a little bit of time but we will get it (the Public Safety Center) dressed up and be back in business in no time."

The section of roof ripped from the building was directly over the department's administrative offices, including the chief's office. O'Guinn says there is extensive damage to the area.

Even though the new Public Safety Center sustained significant damage, all police services are still being provided.  Temporary road closures around the debris and the building are in places while clean up is underway.

Carbondale Mayor Brad Cole issued a Disaster Emergency Proclamation for the City of Carbondale at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Carbondale residents are asked to check their homes for possible damage.  Residents should be aware of contractors or others seeking to do immediate repair work that is not necessary.  Residents are asked to notify utility service providers if they come across downed power lines and to notify the city of any lines or trees blocking roads.

Copyright 2011 KFVS. All rights reserved.