La Plata Business District Following 2002 Tornado: 15th Anniversary Today

April 28, 2017

The 2002 tornado which devastated the small town of La Plata, Maryland cut a damage path spanning 40 miles, destroying or damaging 800 homes and businesses and causing over $100 million in damage. In all, the storm killed 5 people in Charles and Calvert counties. In addition to the tornado, the responsible thunderstorm generated softball-sized hail.


Parts of the quiet, southern Maryland community could only be described as a war zone. There was massive destruction in the downtown section, including the town's shopping center and business establishments - located adjacent to the intersection of Routes 6 and 301. Winds were so violent that some homes were completely swept off their foundations and trees were stripped of their bark. La Plata bank receipts were found 70 miles away by a man in Seaford, Delaware.


Our then-office can be seen in the top center of this photo, adjacent to the toppled town water tower.



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