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Three prisons appeared to be in the pathway of a storm that hit the southwest Lincoln area Sunday. Only one was affected by the storm, however, said Department of Correctional Services Chief of Staff Laura Strimple.

The storm damaged the Community Corrections Center-Lincoln, a work release center at 2720 W. Van Dorn St. A storage building had its tin roof peeled away, Strimple said. Also, four trees outside the building’s perimeter were damaged.

Water blew under the doors of the men’s and women’s units at Community Corrections, and roof leaks will have to be addressed, Strimple said.

Cornhusker State Industries on the campus had minor damage to roof flashing, she said.

When the warning sirens sounded, inmates there were directed to sit in the hallways of the housing units until the storm passed, Strimple said.

About 30 people not connected to the prison, who were caught in and around neighboring Pioneers Park, were allowed into the prison to be sheltered in a separate hallway from the inmates.

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Lincoln Correctional Center, 3216 W. Van Dorn St., and the Diagnostic and Evaluation Center, 3220 W. Van Dorn St., apparently were not affected by the storm. 

Less than a mile away from the prison, C & L Dairy Sweet at Coddington Avenue and West Van Dorn Street, was destroyed. And Lee's Chicken, 1940 W. Van Dorn St., suffered damage. 

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No injuries were reported. 

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State government reporter

JoAnne Young covers state government, including the Legislature and state agencies, and the people they serve.

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