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5/13/2014 6:00:00 AM
Winds do damage in and around Kingman
Residents worried about carport's impact
A Bullhead City/Laughlin exit sign on I-40 remains snapped in half Monday morning, about two miles from the Las Vegas exit for U.S. 93. (MATT REINIG/Miner)
A Bullhead City/Laughlin exit sign on I-40 remains snapped in half Monday morning, about two miles from the Las Vegas exit for U.S. 93. (MATT REINIG/Miner)
An unsecured carport crashed atop Delmar and Phyllis Suttons’ home on John L Avenue Thursday night, and remains there nearly four days later. (MATT REINIG/Miner)
An unsecured carport crashed atop Delmar and Phyllis Suttons’ home on John L Avenue Thursday night, and remains there nearly four days later. (MATT REINIG/Miner)
More wind in the forecast
The National Weather Service forecast for the Kingman area predicts highs in the 70s and 80s through Wednesday, and lows in the 50s. Expect more wind - gusts of up to 25 mph to 30 mph are expected.
Matt Reinig
Miner reporter

KINGMAN - The dog at 3105 John L Ave. hasn't quit shaking since Thursday night.

That's when an unsecured carport two houses down, weighing nearly one ton and 40 feet in length, took off with a wind microburst and flew into a tree over Delmar and Phyllis Suttons' house.

It also came crashing down on their roof, as well as their neighbor Coleen Root's front porch awning.

They called the Kingman Fire Department and Mohave County Sheriff's Office, the Suttons said, who inspected the damages but said their hands were tied.

After failed attempts starting Friday to get through to emergency services, the American Red Cross and FEMA, the carport remains on the Suttons' home going on more than three days later.

It's no longer on the Roots' home, due to another burst of wind Saturday that threw it completely onto the Suttons' property, they said. Both families fear what scenario might manifest this week if the carport isn't removed - and with continued gusty winds in the forecast.

"If a heavy wind came up, it could come into the house," said Phyllis Sutton, adding that the carport is now directly above her kitchen. "It moves around when the wind blows. Our dog, he's shaking. He won't calm down. It drives me nuts."

Next door, Root's dog stands on the front porch beneath the bent front porch roof, facing the Suttons' house and barking constantly.

"It's been really windy lately, and we were worried it would flip back over and land on the house, or one of the kids, or cars," said Root.

Needless to say, said Delmar Sutton, he can't settle down, or stop worrying about what's going to happen next.

"I can't get help from nobody," he said, adding that the best response he received was to find another place to live, particularly with the carport threatening a main gas line.

"This is a worst-case scenario. They're not listening. I'm saying, 'Carport 40 feet in length.' You could be able to imagine that on a mobile house, which is not the strongest thing in the world. I'm losing it, because all of it's been going on since Thursday."

The clearest signs that something was going to be done about the nightmare on the Suttons' roof came Monday morning, when an insurance adjuster came out to the house, ensured the Suttons' had properly disconnected all the electrical and gas hazards, and then contacted a local construction contractor.

The insurance adjuster said he has never seen anything like this in Kingman before. When asked if it was typical for a roughly one-ton carport to remain on a mobile home for days, he said there appeared to be miscommunication among agencies about the Suttons' reporting of it.

Despite being told about the carport knifed into their garage and moving about in heavy winds, an impression stuck that what actually flew into their tree and home was a shed or an awning.

"It's a 40-foot carport," Delmar Sutton said, and one that can fit three vehicles. "There's nothing awning about it."

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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, May 17, 2014
Article comment by: V Stokes

"The airlifted carport owner is liable for this accident or his insurance if he has any."

Not necessarily, if the carport was code or grandfathered in.

If a tree falls on your neighbors fence , the neighbors insurance covers it, unless the tree was diseased and a known hazard.


Posted: Saturday, May 17, 2014
Article comment by: used to work there what a joke

The Mohave County Building Department has the average inspector age at about 70 years old. They get zero training on anything new, and if even if they did they can't really even climb a ladder to utilize the knowledge anyhow. The city of Kingman isn't that much better, you can see the deterioration of downtown buildings everywhere. The whole place is a dump. The wind causes damage, but the most damage being done is by the under certified staff and the inability to function because of being too old to do their jobs, both city and county.

Posted: Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Article comment by: R .

@ Fed up

Okay, you're obviously looking for an argument and yet you're not even bothering to read what's been written, so I'm done here. You have a nice evening, wherever you are.


Posted: Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Article comment by: Fed up

@R: Butler isn't a city, it's just an area. It also does not have a population of over 50,000. How about "Birdland"? Do you consider that a city? I'd venture to say there are some homes in the "Butler" area that are nice.

Posted: Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Article comment by: R .

@Fed up

Why would I move somewhere else...I'm happy living in Kingman? It's Butler (county) that's the pigsty, not Kingman (city). That's why I don't live in Butler.


Posted: Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Article comment by: Fed up

@R. Name a city or county with over 50,000 people that doesn't have a "ghetto" or "barrio" area that looks like a slum area. If you can name one, why don't you move there?

Posted: Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Article comment by: Fed up

@Pay up: You hit the nail on the head. Most everyone wants everything for nothing.
@ concerned citizen: First, it's not in the "City", so you're right, the City won't do anything, they can't! And second, who says it was ever permitted? Over 80% of the carports and awnings in this county were "bootlegged" in or installed prior the being required to be permitted. People are still moaning about having to get a permit for a carport or awning. Now you see why they need to be permitted and inspected! And last, of course it will happen again. People will continue to bootleg them in on the weekends!


Posted: Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Article comment by: R .

"...attempts starting Friday to get through to emergency services, the American Red Cross and FEMA..."
Are you kidding me??? They called FEMA and The Red Cross about this!?! I don't even know what to say... *Shaking my head with face in palm*


Posted: Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Article comment by: R .

@ concerned citizen

This is NOT city, it IS county...where anything goes. Where filthy and/or charred mattresses are often considered lawn ornaments. Drive around and look at some of the properties up there if you don't believe me.


Posted: Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Article comment by: biker randy

The airlifted carport owner is liable for this accident or his insurance if he has any.

Posted: Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Article comment by: Jack a Lope

the city of Kingman would have nothing at all to do with it. John L is in the county. Those things do not way a ton, maybe half that

Posted: Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Article comment by: Where's the Gubment when you need them

I think Obama should issue an executive order outlawing all high velocity winds in the U.S.A.

Posted: Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Article comment by: Toodumtu` Care

The article stated the unsecured carport from two doors down landed on their roof.
Why then are the folks two doors down not liable for the removal of said carport??
Why was it not secured in the first place??
Several years ago I wanted to have a carport built in Golden Valley, had to jump thru the county hoops to get a permit, aquire a licensed contractor, etc.


Posted: Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Article comment by: Pay up

"I can't get help from nobody"

Really? There are many businesses/people out there willing to remove this. The problem in Kingman is everyone expects free, or low cost service. This looks like a pretty big job, I`m sure someone can remove it for a couple of hundred bucks.


Posted: Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Article comment by: Key Word

Is something missing from this story? Whose insurance adjuster came? The owner of the unsecured carport should be responsible for all damages & relocation costs until everything is fixed. This story could have had a tragic ending.

Posted: Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Article comment by: concerned citizen

How does a 3-vehicle carport be "unsecured?" Whenever I've tried to get approval concerning a carport, the city inspector would read me my rights concerning the type and quantity of proper tie downs. They cannot be unattached, they must be attached to concrete in the ground if it is not attached to the residence. Attached to the residence, it must be properly tied down to the ground and the building.

I'll bet you the city does nothing about this and it happens again!


Posted: Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Article comment by: Thai Mai Shu

Isn't that what you pay insurance for?

Or have some metal recycler guys come take it away.




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