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HOUSTON-At least a half dozen tornadoes yesterday touched down in the city, with the bulk of the commercial damage and 16 injuries confined to the southwest and south submarkets.

Other parts of the city sustained damage from high winds and heavy rain in annual downpours known to turn the city’s major transportation arteries into major waterways. In some areas, water levels reached 12 feet.

A Houston fire department spokesman, Jay Evans, tells GlobeSt.com that the roof and exterior siding were ripped off 16 apartments in the 198-unit Southwest Village at 11726 W. Bellfort St. in the far southwest submarket. “The complex suffered severe structural damage,” he says. About 50 families were displaced. According to the Harris County Appraisal District, the 25-year-old complex is owned by Texas Development Investor of Los Angeles.

According to news accounts, Meadows Elementary School, 152-unit Timbers of Keegans complex and single-family homes were damaged in the West Bellfort Street area. South of Downtown, the sanctuary of the St. James Episcopal Church at 3129 Southmore Blvd. was destroyed.

In Fort Bend County, Patricia D. Whitty, public information officer for the City of Sugar Land confirms four industrial buildings in the Sugar Land Business Park along West Airport and Industrial boulevards were damaged. Sixteen people sustained injuries when windows were blown out during the storm. The four properties belong to Tramontina USA, Vector Graphics, AmeriSource and Baker Petrolite, a division of Baker Hughes.

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